I was worried when Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher split. But it got worse: Yesterday we found out Katie Couric has broken up with Brooks Perlin, the boyfriend who is young enough to be her son. These aren't even the only celebrity cougar couples that broke up recently — there's been more.
Amid rumors that Ashton Kutcher, 33, and Demi Moore, 48, have split after six years of marriage, May-December relationships still keep everyone guessing: Who chose whom? And how long will it last once buttocks sag and double chins set in? Anneli Rufus finds 15 statistics on couples far apart in age, from mortality risks to gay men's preference for older partners.
We have a StraightMaleFriend Facebook Group that gets pretty lively. So lively in fact, that I’m compelled to warn people when they join that they should expect their inboxes to get a serious workout from the fiery conversations that take place there. Related: Cougar and MILF: What Your Kids Think of the Terms
Hollywood's favorite redhead, Lucille Ball, would have turned 100 on Saturday. The nation is celebrating, from a marathon of I Love Lucy episodes to a festival of hundreds of Lucy look-alikes. Did you know that Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball eloped together in 1940 and lied about their ages on the marriage certificate?
Calling all fans of The Graduate! If you're a cute little cat who has always dreamt of frolicking with an older, more seasoned kitty, prance on over to CougarLife.com. The site aims to connect the dots for "cubs" and "cougars" looking for a May/December romance. The site now has over 1.4 million members, and membership is evenly split between cougars and cubs.
Maybe Katie Couric is right. Lemondrop: Salute to Women in the News According to Judith Brower, author of FAYM: Females and Younger Men, the Trend That Changes the Rules, behind every great single woman should be a line of younger, single men. No, she's not jumping on the cougar train a few years too late. Dating younger men, she says, is about increasing your chances of finding a soul mate. It's also the new black, natural order of things (since women live, on average, five years longer), and a habit Hollywood's had for years.
Cougars are getting a bum rap—but you don't need me to tell you that. The media is having a field day portraying women over 40 as predators with only one thing on their minds—prowling for "Grade A" choice beef. Of course, this cartoon characterization was undoubtedly conceived by some immature male in the midst of a juicy, X-rated fantasy—but too many people are buying into the hype and believing it's true.
Yes, really. Madonna, at 51 years of age, has every intention of making the 22-year-old Brazillian model Jesus Luz, aka "the love of her life," Mr. Madonna #3 by the end of the year, according to Madge's biographer Randy Taraborrelli in today's Hello! magazine. Queue Like A Prayer: Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone / I hear you call my name / And it feels like home It's only been nine months since Madonna met Jesus at a photoshoot, but the sex has been "scorching" and "to be candid," a source says, "it's what's driving things." She reportedly said of Luz: 'He's so sweet. He checks in with me all the time. I probably should do the same, but you know me. I think he gets it now that I'm a little—shall we say—self-involved.'
The nation's finest, self-professed cougars gathered in California recently to compete in the first annual Miss Cougar USA pageant. According to Limelife.com, 42-year-old Gloria Navarro beat out 200 other contestants to take home that honorable (?) title.
Poll: Do You Have To Be Divorced To Be A Cougar?: Yes. Cougars are always divorced. No. Cougars are simply older women who go after younger men.
In my twenties, I dated a guy who was 12 years older than me. In my thirties, I went in the other direction, dating a dude 11 years my junior. (Don't you dare call me a cougar!) Although both ended rather badly, I feel like that while the gaping age difference didn't directly cause either relationship's demise, it certainly didn't help. Mostly because I wasn't very graceful about handling it. So, learn from my mistakes. Whichever way your May/December relationship skews, there are certain pitfalls you should do your best to avoid.