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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Katie Byrne: Movie star hits manopause and begins journey into unknown

Published 12/10/2012 | 17:00

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of four golden globes must be in want of a wife who has equal credibility in Hollywood. We all know that when it comes to dating, celebrities and civilians rarely mix.

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However, once the manopause hits, Hollywood's leading men seem to start seeking out younger -- much younger -- partners, and no longer is equal fame a prerequisite.

They happily trade status for youth (it seems you can't have both) and suddenly the gateways are opened for single cocktail waitresses, personal trainers and nannies.

Alec Baldwin, a 54-year-old, recently married his yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas (28). Guy Ritchie (44) went from Madonna to unknown model Jacqui Ainsley (30).

George Clooney... actually George has always been the exception to the rule.

The dating CV of Jim Carrey (50) includes a long line of well-known actresses including Lauren Holly, Renee Zellweger and Jenny McCarthy -- women who were equals to him in both status and age.

However, as he's entered his 50s, he's developed a penchant for women in their 20s. Of late he's moved from 23-year-old Russian student Anastasia Vitkina to 27-year-old Tipperary makeup artist Cathriona White. Go on Ireland!

Can you imagine the chatter in Cappawhite right now? "Cathriona with the dark hair? The fella with the big teeth who makes the funny faces? I always thought he was Chinese. A movie star? I don't believe you."

I'd say her ex-boyfriends have become overnight legends

This is a bit like Ireland playing at the Euros. We'll be watching intensely to see how our Cathriona plays this one. So far she's a goal up with that bikini, but we can't let her concede any goals from his side.

Carrey is at the beginning of his journey into the unknown. Almost overnight he's started dating women who are more than 20 years younger than him. All of a sudden he's realised that he's able to attract women who are 20 years young than him.

And maybe I'm speculating on this one, but I would imagine that he's rather enjoying himself... They say you should look at a man's ex-girlfriends to get a sense of what he's about; in this case, Cathriona should look at their birth certs.

Irish Independent

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