(Luckily, she has plenty to say in response to her critics.) Meanwhile, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Robin Wright, Kim Catrall, Mariah Carey, Susan Sarandon, and Demi Moore (who also happens to have dated Klum’s current partner) also know what I’m talking about.The sexist criticism of older woman / younger man relationships are as old as time, and Klum — who seems to have a smart, sophisticated 30-year-old boyfriend — is just the most recent casualty of this double standard.By 2009, caught on and wrote a trend piece on these so-called “cougars.” I’ll admit that I’ve sometimes wondered if I’ve just trapped an unsuspecting boy into my web because my age makes me wiser and wilier.But this kind of thinking ignores that there’s another, fully autonomous person in the relationship: the younger man. They may not be the same ones he’ll have in 10 years — Lord knows, mine weren’t final at 24 — but they were very much a part of his thought process when it came to our relationship growing and working out, and they still are. Despite the nice summer evening, all I wanted to do was go home.But there I was, standing amongst a crowd of people feeling slightly alien.
Supermodel Heidi Klum, 43, has been dating art dealer Vito Schnabel, 30, for more than three years.(Which is annoying, since it's pretty much a given that Hollywood men will have much younger female love interests.) In fact, we wondered whether there were many movies at all where the female love interest was older—and we did find a few."What puzzles me, Harold, is that you want to sleep with your grandmother." So says a psychiatrist to this cult classic's death-obsessed protagonist about his joyous paramour, Maude—which just about sums up the other characters' opinions about this dark comedy's central relationship. Forward a few hours later, and I'm dancing with a guy who not only could dance but had such a beautiful smile, he made me stay longer. I could deal with three to eight years younger but 10 plus was a big age gap for my conservative, borderline militant ideas about love.I didn't think anything of it, except that he had something about him I really liked. I'm an open-minded person living in an open society so was quite surprised by my own thinking, but there you go.Such May-December couplings are no longer seen as relationship outliers — or indicative of deep-seated mommy issues.