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Or look at 65-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, who made 34-year-old theater producer Sally Humphreys his (third) bride in December 2012.You don't hear as much about what I refuse to call "cougars": women substantially older than their male partners.But won't the "junior partner" eventually have to pay the piper?Well, if you're 50 and your companion is 70, you're almost bound to provide care long before you would for a mate of the same age. Plus, most people would willingly choose to endure the rough patches so long as they get a reasonable run of the good stuff beforehand.Many couples have conquered this barrier, remaining happily married, or committed, for decades.Perhaps the best known are 68-year-old Michael Douglas and 43-year-old Catherine Zeta-Jones, who have bridged their quarter-century age gap to stand by each other through a long partnership (and some recent serious health scares).
Amelia was in a relationship with a man 19 years her senior for nearly 3 years.Could it be that men prize youth and beauty more highly than women do?Maybe, but I suspect another dynamic is at work: Women don't want to feel maternal about a lover, nor do they want to see themselves as a mother figure in a lover's eyes.The "senior partner" may also have more money — perhaps, even, a more interesting life.The older person, for his part, gets a higher-energy companion who is likely to help the couple stay fit — and, quite likely, more sexually active.
Denise Knowles, a relationship counsellor for Relate, says the couples themselves will often assume this as well: "Couples will come to me and say they're having problems and I'll say, 'OK, let's talk about it as two people.