Carol Vorderman says she now chooses to have multiple partners over just one
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TV presenter Carol Vorderman has said she's 'never felt freer' after giving up on monogamy and embracing a life with multiple partners.
The 61-year-old has previously been married twice in her life, having wed Christopher Mather from 1985 to 1986 before marrying Patrick King in 1990.
Vorderman and King have welcomed two children together, but after the pair split up in 2000, the former Countdown co-host said she doesn't believe in the view that humans should stick with one partner for their entire lives.
She opened up about her views on relationships during an appearance on This Morning on Friday (7 October), saying: "Our mothers told us that we should marry when we were still 18 or 19 or 20, so we grew up with that convention that you should find one partner for life. My view is not quite like that."
Vorderman continued: "Half of first marriages end in divorce, and nearly three quarters of second marriages end in divorce. So I prefer to live my life in chapters."
She went on to say she has lived 'a life which is much freer' over the last decade or so, since she was 'about 50'.
"I've never felt freer," she said. "So I have ignored the looking for one person and I have a number of what I've called 'special friends'."
Following her divorce from King, Vorderman said that she doesn't 'really want to marry again', or 'live with a man again' and have to 'look after him all the time'.
"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," she argued.
Vorderman indicated that she is currently in a relationship with a number of partners, saying they 'don't know each other' but they know they are not alone.
"It's a very honest relationship," she said. "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.
"They're not looking for love, they'e looking for companionship, looking for friendship, it may turn into love. The age is really immaterial, but my experience suggests that somebody roughly in your age bracket. You have more in common."
As for others who may be having doubts about their love life, Vorderman encouraged everyone to 'go with someone who makes your heart sing', even if it's 'only for an occasional weekend'.