Yesterday, it was announced that singer Bryan Ferry had separated from his second wife, Amanda, after a mere 19 months of wedded bliss.I couldn’t help but note she is 37 years his junior. For much of my adult life I had a penchant for older men. Like Catherine Zeta-Jones, whose relationships with men her own age seem to have ended in disappointment, I found the majority of my male contemporaries to be boobies, lacking in wit, experience and chivalry. Well, the Duke of Wellington became Prime Minister for the second time aged 65.You’ve always been told that you’re mature for your age and you mature for your age, so it seems to make sense to go for a more mature dude if you’re a straight teen girl who is bored of dudes your age, right? Of course, we’re super weary of relationships between teen girls and older men for a ton of reasons, but we know that we can’t make decisions for you.So if you’re considering starting a relationship with an older dude or you’re currently in one now, here are x things that you migt want to consider first.There is a saying: ‘Better to be an be an old man’s darling than a young man’s slave.’ Whoever dreamt it up never went out with an old man.When I poured myself a glass of wine, he called me a toper.
For, mea culpa, money was an attraction; when I was 30, I fell for a successful financier of 55 — the same age Michael Douglas was at his wedding to Catherine.Power dynamics can be really iffy when you're dating an older dude. Do you think that your hobbies and opinions aren't valued and are seen as childish? But it's even freakier if he is specifically attracted to high school girls. Are you going to make this dude the star of your cheesy #MCM?Is this dude you're with literally in a position of power over you, like in a teacher or coach type of way? Are you going to go to school dances with this guy?They say they saw it coming, those celebrity tittle-tattles who follow every whisper of Hollywood gossip.The glorious Technicolor love boat of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas has, allegedly, been navigating the rocks for some time. Theirs was a marriage that was doomed from the start.These laws exist for a reason, and they're there to protect young people from predatory jerks. If you and your friends are meeting up with dudes in their 20s and you're trying to keep it on the DL, you might be worried about getting caught.