'The way people look is important to me and young bodies, slim and beautiful, are really what I have in mind, that old supermodel stereotype.One thing which is difficult is that women my age have been in tricky relationships, whereas younger women don't seem to have those complexities.A 40-year-old man who wants a girlfriend between 30 and 34 will have a pool of 573,000 available women.
My ex-husband is 48 and he's going out with a 24-year-old.
I'm not being spiteful but, for me, I'd prefer someone older and of a similar emotional maturity.' What are Andrew and Paula's prospects for happiness? Although there are more single (divorced, widowed or never married) men than single women (of all ages apart from the late forties), there are more women than men overall, a gap which increases in the older age groups.
They don't have the same family responsibilities women have.' More women now inititate divorce than men: their changing expections make them less willing to put up with a bad marriage.
Men seem less able to cope with single life and tend to move more quickly into a new relationship.
Mary Balfour, director of Drawing Down the Moon, one of Britain's most reputable introduction agencies, deals daily with this discrepancy between the sexes.