UK television host Graham Norton has said gay middle-aged men do not want to date “someone their age” in a recent interview with The Mail on last Sunday’s TV Week.
The host, 52, said he felt pressured to “settle down”, and that people always asked when he was going to get into a serious relationship.
[showads ad=MREC]“That’s the weird thing. Gay men my age don’t want to date someone their age,” he said.
“Well, I’m 52 and I’m single and on some level, I feel like I’ve failed because by the time you’re my age, you really should be settled.
“But then I look at the relationships people around me have and I find myself asking, ‘Really? That doesn’t look like winning to me’.
“I’ve reached the point that when people ask, ‘Are you single at the moment?’ I say, ‘Come on, you can drop the at the moment’. I’m single forever.”
Norton, who has had a string of public short-term relationships with younger men, explained in the interview that relationship sacrifices for his career are part of the industry.
“The majority of people in showbiz put their career before everything,” he said.
“It’s some sort of weight psychological defect. As psychological problems go, it’s quite a good one to have.
“If it works out, you end up with a nice life. But equally, you miss out on a lot.”[showads ad=FOOT]