'I have my man now -- and that's all that counts'
Emily* (58) is a separated mum of grown children. She's been having a long-distance relationship with Richard* for the past four years.
'It works well for me," she says. "I don't want to be joined at the hip with someone. I don't want to iron shirts." Emily looks amazing; beautiful and sexy. Does she worry about getting older?
"Not at all. I'm very happy to be the age I am. I don't consider myself 58. I think of myself as somewhere between 25 and 50. After 50, I think, age becomes irrelevant. When I have my contact lenses in, and I look at myself, I get a bit of a shock, but ageing doesn't bother me. Wisdom is important, I think. Our faces should show what we've been through. I'd never have botox. People can have me as I am.
"I think women today are lucky. We are still considered young. I watched my mother and grandmother and it was harder for them. My mother was widowed at 45. She became too old too soon. I'd get excited when a man took her to the theatre, but she never had another relationship.
"Now anything goes. When I was first separated, around 40, life was tough. I wasn't asked out because I was considered a threat.
@Now I don't give a damn. I'm not going to chat up husbands, and it's OK now for women to be out alone.
"When I'm with Richard I feel great. I saw him before Christmas, again at New Year, and I'm seeing him this weekend. It's an easy relationship. I don't care if the house is a tip or I am a tip.
"There's freedom in being with someone you love and not having to search. I'm not trying to prove anything. I have my man, and that is all that matters."
*Names have been changed