Friday 9 December 2016

'Gay men my age don't want to date someone their age' - Graham Norton on his single status

Published 27/09/2015 | 14:40

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Host Graham Norton during filming of the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios
(left to right) Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain,Graham Norton, Bill Bailey and The Weeknd appearing on the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios
Graham Norton and ex boyfriend Andrew Smith in March 2015

Graham Norton has said the reason he is still single is because men his own age only want to date younger men.

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The 52-year-old chat show king returned to our screens (its 18th season) on Friday night with BBC's The Graham Norton Show, but said in spite of his professional success, he feels he let himself down personally at times.

The Cork native has enjoyed little romantic success over the years and was recently linked to Andrew Smith before their split earlier this year.

And while he said he's keen to meet someone his own age, it can be difficult.

(left to right) Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain,Graham Norton, Bill Bailey and The Weeknd appearing on the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios
(left to right) Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain,Graham Norton, Bill Bailey and The Weeknd appearing on the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios

Read more: 'The older you get, the fussier you become' - Graham Norton on his single status

"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," he told The Mail on Sunday's TV Week.

"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.

"That's the weird thing. Gay men my age don't want to date someone their age."

Graham Norton and ex boyfriend Andrew Smith in March 2015
Graham Norton and ex boyfriend Andrew Smith in March 2015

Norton says he has no regrets about the sacrifices he's made for his renowned broadcasting career though and acknowledges that most in the industry often put their careers before everything else.

Read more: Graham Norton: 'It's harder to find love if you are a gay man'

"To succeed in this business, you do have to work very hard and sacrifice a lot to get there," he added.

"There are years of penury. Once you've arrived, you don't walk away from it lightly because getting there has cost you dear. Mind you, it's quite a fun job, isn't it? I'm not digging coal.

Host Graham Norton during filming of the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios
Host Graham Norton during filming of the Graham Norton Show at the London Studios

The majority of people in showbiz put their career before everything. 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."

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