Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Married couples more likely to press pause as life expectancy increases' - Marian Keyes

Published 09/10/2015 | 10:57

Marian Keyes
Marian Keyes

Irish author Marian Keyes has said that couples are struggling to stay together as the population’s life expectancy increases.

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Keyes, who is writing a new book about a married couple who decide to press pause on their marriage after 20 years together, says it will become more acceptable for couples to make this decision as the population ages.

“That seems to be happening more and more as we are living longer. We might be with this person and love this person, but Jesus, we could be looking at another 50 years, you know?,” she told the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

“There’s been a huge shift now in the way people have been regarding middle life. In the past, it may have been regarded as very daring for a woman to press pause on her life and say they wanted to meet someone else, or admit they are bored or unfulfilled.”

She added: “The book I’m writing now is about a marriage, they’ve spent 20 years together, but they are going to press pause and go off separately and see what unfolds.”

“They don’t want to divorce but neither of them want to feel like this is their life forever.”

Meanwhile, the Irish Daily Mail reports that Keyes thinks today’s teenagers are too preoccupied with healthy living.

“The thing is, when I was a teenager, the way I rebelled was I got drunk, I stayed out late, I did inappropriate things with boys. And now it has kind of gone the other way.”

“The rules have changed. This whole my-body-is-a-temple malarkey? No, you’re teenagers – misbehave! But this is their version of misbehaving. It’s by behaving well, by studying and playing hockey, you know? The world has gone mad. Children will always rebel against their parents, no matter what their parents’ values are.”

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