Carol Vorderman, soon to fly solo around the world, has her say about being single


Carol Vorderman has said she is "strictly single" after finally parting from her 41-year-old pilot boyfriend Graham Duff.

Twice-divorced Carol became a household name thanks to her 26-year stint on Channel 4´s Countdown. She split from Graham, known as Duffy, in 2014 after dating for two years. They got back together a year later, but it didn't work out.

The 55-year-old said: "I am strictly single. I briefly got back with Duffy and then I ended it very quickly afterwards. I'm enjoying my life very much. I don't want to settle down. People say marriage should be forever, but some people have very long, very bad marriages."

Carol Vorderman is happy being single
Carol Vorderman is happy being single (David Jensen/PA)

She added: "I'm not saying I won't ever get married again ... You get to our age and think: 'You're not all that - I'm happy as I am!'"

Carol was married to Christopher Mather for a year until 1986. Her second marriage to Patrick King lasted for 10 years and produced two children. They separated in 2000.

The mum of two is about to fly solo around the world after years of exams and training. She would love to become the ninth woman in history to achieve this feat, which will be filmed for a documentary on Channel 5.

Carol Vorderman in her Countdown days
Carol Vorderman in her Countdown days (Channel 4/PA)

The three-part series will see the host of the Pride Of Britain Awards fly through Europe, Asia and the US before heading back to the UK.

Carol, who is a qualified pilot, is passionate about flying and engineering.

She previously made a programme for the BBC with the Airbus workforce at Broughton, Flintshire, and got hands-on experience as they worked on the wings for an advanced new plane.

Former air cadet Carol Vorderman
Former air cadet Carol Vorderman (Jonathan Brady/PA)

Talking about the forthcoming series on Channel 5, commissioning editor Lucy Willis said: "This series demonstrates a previously unseen side to Carol as she embarks on this incredible and inspiring adventure, where she'll be tested to her absolute limits.

"It promises to be an exhilarating hybrid of personal journey, extreme challenge and some incredible travel and it shows us that it's never too late to fulfil your dreams."