'Dating now is like fishing in a small pond': Anne Robinson on her quest to find man without a 'pot belly and bad teeth'
When Anne Robinson separated from her second husband John Penrose in 2007, she announced she was 'in the market for a toyboy.'
The reality has been a little less exciting.
The TV presenter has since discovered that she is 'fishing in a very small pond to find someone interesting without a pot belly and bad teeth.'
When Anne Robinson separated from her second husband John Penrose in 2007, she announced she was 'in the market for a toyboy'
And it took her a while to even get to this point.
'It was a very tough couple of years,' Anne said. 'Not being on my own, but the recovery.
'It puzzled me. I
didn’t want to go back on the decision, but I didn’t expect to feel so
'I felt like I was walking around wearing someone else’s
So are things better now Does Anne have a boyfriend
'I’m so glad you didn’t say, “Are you dating
anybody” because then I’d say, “I don’t date just anybody”.' Anne told the Mail's Weekend Magazine.
were the guy I was dating and you opened Weekend magazine to discover a
description of yourself, I wonder how long you’d date me after that
not pulling the whole of Gloucestershire, but there are two or three.'
Anne with her former husband, John Penrose, her daughter from her first marriage, Emma Wilson, and their dogs
They might not be too flattered to hear that they are not the only men in Anne's life either, but then she has never been one to hold back. And it has always stood her very well professionally.
There has been much debate recently on the lack of jobs for older women in TV. But Anne doesn't seem to be listening.
The former Weakest Link presenter, currently has two TV programs on the go. She's 68 years old.
My Life In Books is a ten-part
series where guests including Pamela Stephenson, Tim Rice and Kate
Silverton talk about pivotal moments in their life inspired by
literature. Anne is also still presenting Watchdog.
'I like to keep two shows on the road just to irritate Selina Scott because she’s always going on about how she’s not got enough television work,' she told the Daily Mirror.
Anne, who currently has two TV programmes on the go, with her daughter
'The way you survive in television is
by having plenty of tricks in your bag [Anne presented the BBC’s Points
Of View before writing and presenting Watchdog]
and not doing things for too long.
'There’s a lot of moaning about women
and ageism on television.
'We could have a “Why aren’t there more old,
fat or ugly women on television” argument if you like… but why should
'My argument, for what it’s worth, is we are going to get to
the stage where a film director such as Richard Eyre is up before an
employment tribunal because he’s cast Keira Knightley instead of Jenny
She concludes that women simply can’t
be guaranteed any longevity. 'Some people’s skills are limited. I’m
limited in some skills, actually: needlework, housework, patience…'
'I like to keep two shows on the road
just to irritate Selina Scott because she’s always going on about how
she’s not got enough television work'
But does Anne think that her infamous facelifts may have helped keep the jobs flowing in Afterall, she looks much younger than 68.
'I never waste time with the “if” question,' the presenter told the Daily Mirror.
‘I don’t drink and I don’t smoke. Of course, I go to bed with make-up on sometimes, but I do look after myself, and it’s not just the facelifts.'
Up close, it's almost impossible to see that she has had any work done at all.
‘A facelift in LA makes you look as if you’re in a wind tunnel,’ she says. ‘And there’s the New York facelift that makes you simply look lifted. I had mine done here. You just look good.
I’ve asked my surgeon if I could have a third lift. I had my eyes done ages ago and I had work on my chin and brow five or six years ago. He said it depends who’d done them. I always wonder why interviewers ask, “Would you consider surgery”, when they actually mean, “When did you have your facelift” Why don’t people just say what they mean'
Now, if only she could find a pot belly-free man who makes as much of an effort with his appearance as she does.