‘I’m having the best time!’: Carol Vorderman, 62, reveals she has FIVE ‘special friends’ but ‘doesn’t do one night stands’ in a very candid insight into her love life
Carol Vorderman has revealed she has five ‘special friends’.
The Countdown favourite, 62, appeared on Michelle Visage’s latest Rule Breakers podcast where she discussed the ‘system’ she has had in place for the past 10 years.
Giving a very candid insight into her complicated love life, Carol said she’s ‘not into one night stands’ but dates multiple men whom she affectionately names her ‘special friends’.
‘I’m having a great time!’: Carol Vorderman has revealed she has five ‘special friends’
When asked by Michelle if she was in a relationship, Carol quipped: ‘No! I’m having the best time. I’ve spoken about this once. I have a system which I’ve had for 10 years. They’re called ‘special friends’.
‘I spoke a couple of months ago about having ‘special friends’ and it was like, again, the world had fallen in for some people but actually what I found was there was an awful lot of women who said “I’d never thought about it like this”.’
Carol added she has been in ‘long term relationships, if you like’ with her special friends – and has been dating some for years.
Cheeky: The Countdown favourite, 62, appeared on Michelle Visage’s latest Rule Breakers podcast where she discussed the ‘system’ she has had in place for the past 10 years
Love life: Giving a very candid insight into her complicated love life, Carol said she’s ‘not into one night stands’ but dates multiple men whom she affectionately names her ‘special friends’
She said: ‘One’s 11 years, one’s seven years, you know everyone is single. It’s a happy place. I hasten to add I’m not into one night stands.’
‘The language around a woman of my generation is that if you had more than one partner when you got married you were this you were that. Everything was derogatory about a woman, that was the environment I was growing up in. It was like “she’s desperate”, everything was judgmental.’
Carol went on: ‘Well you can take all that and you can throw it out the window, that’s my polite way of saying it.
Surprised: Michelle called Carol a ‘legend’ after her bombshell revelation
‘But there’s no harm being done. It’s a happy place to live. The only thing I was sold when I was young was a fairytale with a poor girl meets a prince they get married and they lived happily ever after.’
‘This whole assumption: ‘Have you got a partner yet? Have you got a man?’ Well, no actually I’ve got five.’
Michelle responded by calling the maths whizz a ‘legend’.
Carol has previously spoken about her many ‘special friends’, with one being an astronaut who ‘calls her from the space station’.
She said on This Morning: ‘I live my life in chapters, and you said and this chapter since I was about 50. So for the last decade or so, I’ve lived a life which is much freer.
‘I’ve never felt freer. So I have ignored the looking for one person and I have a number of what I’ve called “special friends”.
She continued: ‘I don’t really want to marry again. I don’t really want to live with a man again. Have to look after him all the time. But this is a time to break this nonsense taboo, which is a person should only be looking for one other person that satisfies everything in their life. That’s hell.’
Adding of her ‘special friends’ Carol explained: ‘They don’t know each other, but they know about it. It’s a very honest relationship.
‘One of them has gone on for many more years than my marriage. Yeah, it’s over 10 years. Another is seven. He’s an astronaut. He rang me from the space station.’
Carol has been single since she split from journalist Des Kelly in 2007, after being married twice, first to Christopher Mather from 1985 to 1986 and then to second husband Patrick King from 1990 until 2000. The couple share two children.
Love life: Carol has been single since she split from journalist Des Kelly in 2007 (pictured together in 2004)