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

Published 24/06/2015 | 08:36

Graham Norton in London
Graham Norton in London
Graham Norton and Andrew Smith attend the Samsung BlueHouse private view of the Savage Beauty Exhibition, celebrating Alexander McQueen, at Victoria & Albert Museum
Graham Norton at the BAFTAs. Photo: PA

Graham Norton has revealed he would prefer to "live alone for the rest of his life" than deal with petty relationship problems.

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The chat show host (52) is currently dating Andrew Smith and has well documented his turbulent love-life in his autobiography. But the Cork native said that his standards have grown higher as he gets older.

"You have your own rules as you get older," he told the Irish Daily Mirror.

"I would prefer to live alone for the rest of my life than live with towels that were folded incorrectly. Petty is important. That's why marriages break up. Marriages don't break up because of big things.

Graham Norton and Andrew Smith attend the Samsung BlueHouse private view of the Savage Beauty Exhibition, celebrating Alexander McQueen, at Victoria & Albert Museum
Graham Norton and Andrew Smith attend the Samsung BlueHouse private view of the Savage Beauty Exhibition, celebrating Alexander McQueen, at Victoria & Albert Museum

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"The older you get, the less right you have to be fussy and yet the older you get, the fussier you become. So oddly, when your standards should be dropping you find them getting higher. You see younger friends starting relationships and you just know how that story ends. You just sit there and wait for the end."

Norton added that with age comes a certain romantic wisdom, saying: "When you're young, if you meet a partner and they're cheating on someone to be with you, but then they go with you, you think 'that's great' But of course as older people, we know they then cheat on you.

"So I'm careful. Why do you want to be heartbroken again because if you keep being heartbroken, you're a moron."

Graham Norton at the BAFTAs. Photo: PA
Graham Norton at the BAFTAs. Photo: PA

The BBC star has been dating Smith for six months. Norton split up from Trevor Patterson, his boyfriend of two years, in 2013.

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In an interview with The Independent in 2012, he said he did not want to have children.

“It’s weird because you can do it now…so now you have to decide not to. And I guess I have decided not to. If it was possible for me to adopt, I probably would, but no one’s going to let me adopt,” he said.

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