Carol Vorderman admits 14-year age-gap relationship was 'a bit silly' as she enjoys singledom


Carol Vorderman has embraced singledom after admitting the 14-year age gap in her previous relationship was "a bit silly".

Carol, 55, has finally parted ways with her 41-year-old pilot boyfriend Graham Duff after four years, but insists she is "happily single".

Graham Duff and Carol Vorderman in 2013 (Chris Radburn/PA)
Graham Duff and Carol Vorderman in 2013 (Chris Radburn/PA)

Twice-divorced Carol 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.

She told The Mirror: "I'm happily single, freely independent and doing my own thing."

Speaking of their age gap, she said: "I'm not opposed to going out with someone 10 years younger, it's acceptable. But Duffy was 14 years younger - that was a bit silly really."

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: Katie, 24, and Cameron, 19. Patrick and Carol separated in 2000.

Carol said she's now
Carol said she's now "happily single" (Joel Ryan/AP/PA)

She said she couldn't bear losing her independence in a relationship when she'd have to "check in" with someone else.

She said: "The best thing about being single is being able to do what you want. If I want to lie in, I will. Or I'll go to see a friend, without having to check in with anyone.

"I can't bear checking in. Asking, 'Oh, is it all right, darling? Do you mind if I go?' I can't do that any more - there's no way I'm going to start again."

Carol admitted to trying botox to keep her looking young and revealed she hasn't weighed herself since 1999, instead letting her clothes be the judge of when she's flitting between a "a size eight to 11."

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

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.

She said that she thinks Top Gear should have a female lead host, although she's happy behind the wheel of a plane.

"I do think the BBC should have more women. I think Suzi Perry would be brilliant for Top Gear; she's a good buddy of mine."