It turns out dating in your 70s is much easier than middle aged or millennial dating, according to Great British Bake Off judge, Prue Leith.
In fact, while many feel that in can be quite daunting to start a new relationship as you get older, Prue insists that it is better than ever for her and husband, John Playfair. So what’s their secret?
Believe it or not, the trick is to live in separate houses.
Discussing her relationship, 79-year-old Prue explained that she found it ‘incredibly tough’ after the death of her first husband Rayne in 2002. However, when she met John, who is 73 and reportedly won her heart with the help of some haggis, she revealed that he ‘changed everything.’
The couple have been married for three years, but they still do not live together. Explaining their dynamic, Prue told Prima magazine: I’m not saying we’ll live apart for ever, but we’ve fallen into a routine that works well.
‘We sleep at my house, then he goes off to his in the morning to do some gardening or whatever he fancies.’
She continued: ‘We reconvene for lunch at mine, then do our own thing until about 7pm when we have supper together. It’s great because he’s not underfoot – and best of all, his clobber is at his house!’
Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?
Overall, Prue admitted: ‘I think relationships get easier the older you get. At least they have in my experience. You get to a certain age and you’re no longer trying to change people.
‘John is amazingly untidy. I don’t try to change anything about him. I just think, ‘He’s untidy and I have to pick things up after him, but it’s worth it. When you’re young, you’re trying to mould somebody into what you want and it’s crazy. As for John, he says I’m so anally tidy that one day he’ll find himself in the dustbin.’
Words of wisdom indeed!