SAUCY Ulrika Jonsson has revealed she’s recently dated someone 21 years her junior – admitting ‘it’s enormously exciting for an old bird like me’.
The 53-year-old spilt the beans in an exclusive interview with Fabulous.
Ulrika says men are deemed to become more attractive with age
“There may have been a recent, little dalliance with someone 21 or so years younger than me . . . I couldn’t possibly say, but the fact is that it’s enormously exciting for an old bird,” she told.
And she admitted blokes ought to watch out – because she was full of self confidence – and sex was high on the agenda.
“It’s taken me a while to become the self-assured, sharp-witted sex goddess I now am,” Ulrika said.
“I don’t want kids and marriage, I want laughter, good food and sex . . . please.
Ulrika pictured in 1994 at the height of her Gladiators fameCredit: Rex Features
“To that end, surely I’m God’s gift to the younger man?
“And I can probably help him with learning history and introduce him to old people’s music.”
Meanwhile, she admitted nan of three Sharon Hawkins, from the USA, who is dating a man 28 years younger than her, provoked a strong emotion in her – envy.
“This clever lass, who is 50, smartly lowered the age range on her dating app to 19 in search of a new man and — Bingo! She met Perry, who is 22. They now plan to marry,” said Ulrika.
There may have been a recent, little dalliance with someone 21 or so years younger than me . . . I couldn’t possibly say, but the fact is that it’s enormously exciting for an old bird.
“I can well do without the marriage bit, but the idea of a younger man is perilously appealing.
“It’s precarious because of all the potential for judgment, the probable public outrage and its capacity for causing upset on the domestic front.
“I’m 53 and would very happily date a man 21 and up.
“But then I suppose I would need to consider that my oldest son is 26 and my oldest daughter 20. And I’m not convinced it would sit well with them.”
Ulrika admitted her attraction to younger men first emerged when she appeared on First Dates Hotel and the show researcher asked her what age range she was after… and she said ’25 and up’.
“This was met with a long silence. I was 51 at the time,” she said.
“I think the poor girl was horrified by this delusional old has-been.”
“I had the dawning realisation that not only was I actually over 50 but I also loved the idea of a younger man.
“I think to save her blushes I compromised on 35 to 50. But I rather wish I hadn’t.”
The 53-year-old describes herself as a ‘self-assured, sharp-witted sex goddess’Credit: Instagram
Ulrika admitted she was sick of the discrepancy between men and women when it came to age differences.
I have a fire in my belly because I find it intensely infuriating that no one bats an eyelid when actor Dolph Lundgren, 63, struts about with his fiancée, who is 24.
Yes, that’s right, essentially he could be her grandad.
Societally, we are conditioned to think this is OK and yet, over in the States, poor “old” Sharon Hawkins gets grief for looking like her boyfriend’s mother. It simply isn’t cricket.
I love the idea of a younger man and, just like Sharon, I want someone with greater spontaneity.
Someone with a youthful, blossoming body who isn’t so dragged down by life that he is disengaged from his enthusiasm, has retired his energy levels and parked his stamina in a disabled parking space outside the House Of Fun
Ulrika Jonsson and her family
I want intensity and vitality. True, I’m somewhat lacking in both at the moment due to these eternal lockdowns, but it won’t be long now until the sun comes out again and we are actually, physically, allowed to attach and involve ourselves with others — and I can’t wait.
Although my body isn’t what it used to be, I’m pretty sure I can find someone who appreciates its flaws, its lines and creases, because it’s the body of a mature, experienced woman.
It’s not a doll with fake boobies, nail extensions and hair into which so many young girls have transformed themselves. There’s a reassuring reality about an older woman.
Besides, I would find myself in fine company.
The queen of this is actress Tamzin Outhwaite, who at 50, with two daughters, has joined forces with a 29-year-old Tom Child.
Ulrika Jonsson and James Crossley aka ‘Hunter’ in 1996Credit: Rex Features
I look to them as my favourite example but there is a long list of others.
Olivia Wilde bagged Harry Styles, and while she is said to have been trolled for it, they both look pretty bloody happy with the ten-year age gap.
More or less everyone Madonna has ever dated has been younger than her.
That Kourtney off the Kardashians has enjoyed a younger beau and Dame Joan Collins is 31 years older than her Percy. And they show no signs of stopping.
It is my belief that sensible and reckless young men find an older woman intriguing.
Our wealth of experience goes hand in hand with our desire for a new lease of life, our insatiable appetite balances nicely with our contentment, our reassurance com- plements our desire for adventure and danger.
We previously spoke to a rel-life gold digger who revealed how he bags vulnerable women — from dressing like their exes to paying for first dinner.