By Fiona Ellis

The Irish Sun interviews relationship expert Susan Winter for “YOUNG AT HEART Let’s hear it for the toyboys! Age is just a number so let female celebs like Eva Mendes and Cheryl have their fun.”

AGE is just a number, as the saying goes. But it seems to only apply to men when it comes to relationships. (The Irish Sun asks relationship expert Susan Winter to explain the alllure of toyboys for female celebs like Eva Mendes and

For eons now fellas have been dating women half their age without anyone batting an eyelid.

Lisa is 5 years older than her hubby

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Lisa is 5 years older than her hubby

Seventy-year-old Ronnie Wood’s wife Sally is 39, while there is 20 years between Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

But once a woman of a certain age smooches a younger man the world is suddenly up in arms, as proved when Kate Beckinsale, 43, was spotted in a passionate embrace with 21-year-old Matt Rife, a comedian and TV personality.

Get over it, says Lisa Cannon who is five years older than her rugby player husband.

Kate Beckinsdale was has a 21-year-old toyboy

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Kate Beckinsdale was has a 21-year-old toyboy

The 3e Box Office presenter tied the knot with Richard Keatley in 2015.

She said the age difference is barely noticeable now, but they endured good-natured ribbing at the start.

She explained: “We got together when I was 32 and he was 27… during my dad’s wedding speech he made jokes about how I used to go around the supermarkets with him in the trolley.

“The pros of a toy boy is they’re youthful, they’re great fun, and they bring out the essence in you. The cons are that they’ll just always look younger than you. I call him the baby-faced assassin.”

And Lisa added of Kate’s fella: “I champion her doing it, why not? He’s absolutely delicious. He’s divine. She’s got no commitments. She’s a free agent, she can do what she likes.”

“Women are breaking all sorts of glass ceilings. Now, they’ve finally broken through the limitation of whom they may love”

Relationship expert Susan Winter, bestselling author of Older Women/Younger Men; New Options For Love And Romance, told the Irish Sun: “What strikes me most is the positive attitude Kate’s exhibiting.

This is a far cry from the defensive posture older women were forced to take in the past.

Brigittte Trogneux is 24 years older than her husband the French President Emmanuel Macron

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Brigittte Trogneux is 24 years older than her husband the French President Emmanuel Macron

We’ve long heard the quip, ‘Age is just a number.’ In today’s world this is becoming a fact, rather than an opinion.

Brigittte Trogneux is 24 years older than her husband the French President Emmanuel Macron.

This relationship has quickened the turn toward social acceptance, and awakened society to the viability of an older woman/younger man partnership.

Eva Mendes is seven years older than her handsome beau Ryan Gosling

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Eva Mendes is seven years older than her handsome beau Ryan Gosling

Interestingly, Kate’s daughter Lily is only a few years younger than Matt.

Yet the family is on good terms with Matt and feel warmly toward him.

This level of acceptance would have been an anomaly in the past, rather than the precursor of a trend.

We’ve come to an interesting juncture in history. Women are breaking all sorts of glass ceilings. Now, they’ve finally broken through the limitation of whom they may love.”

 

Let’s hear it for the toyboys! Age is just a number so let female celebs like Eva Mendes and Cheryl have their fun