Prince Talleyrand, Napoleon’s foreign minister, who was catnip to women, fathered a child in his 60s.Churchill was 66 when he became PM in 1940, and Ronald Reagan was almost 70 when he entered the White House.
I couldn’t help but note she is 37 years his junior. For much of my adult life I had a penchant for older men. Like Catherine Zeta-Jones, whose relationships with men her own age seem to have ended in disappointment, I found the majority of my male contemporaries to be boobies, lacking in wit, experience and chivalry. Well, the Duke of Wellington became Prime Minister for the second time aged 65.Married men are healthier, more likely to be employed and more responsible: infinitely more appealing than some guy who still lives at home with his parents, gets his washing done by mum and is still ‘finding his feet’ career wise at the age of 35.‘Mate poaching’ is a contradictory phenomenon: you’re attracted to someone because they’re capable of commitment but if you’re able to seduce them, they’re clearly not capable of behaving in a committed way. There are just too many disappointments, disadvantages and even dangers that threat women who pursue such a course of action.Doomed from the moment the Darling Bud Of May slipped a diamond ring on her slender finger and said ‘I do’ to a man 25 years her senior.
And Catherine is certainly not alone in falling victim to the age-gap blues.
If you’re having sex with a married man, or sleeping with a guy that has a girlfriend, sure he has feelings for you during the sex.