Melanie Sykes, 52, complains younger men ‘write me off as predator’

TV presenter Melanie Sykes has said that having a number of younger men "on the bounce" as boyfriends has caused her to be viewed as a "predator".

Speaking on The Shift podcast, she explained: "I’ve been written off as some predator for young men. I don’t have an age, I’m just spirited. And I meet spirited people that I want to whirl around with for a while, while it feels good.

"When it doesn’t, I’ll whirl around with somebody else.

The former model, who split from her ex, 25-year-old Riccardo Simiononato, last year continued: "It got to a point where I had a few boyfriends on the bounce that were 27. So what? I like the energy of a certain age.

‘"It’s very rare to meet a man of my age with the energy that I’ve got. And I don’t mean for marathon sex sessions, I mean like life."

Melanie has been married twice: first to actor Daniel Caltagirone with whom she shares two children, and then to Jack Cockings who is 16 years her junior.

She also dated Martin Kaymer, a German pro golfer who was 14 years her junior.

She said that she has "always" had a high libido but that it had driven her to have sex with people that weren't "necessarily good" for her. "I’ve always had a high libido.

"Because I wanted to have sex with someone, I would. But it wasn’t necessarily good for me, or they weren’t particularly nice people."

Melanie said that it got to the point where sex became a "Band-Aid" for her, and since "avoiding" it she understands herself better and has "more respect for myself".

"If you can resolve an argument with a really great session of sex, it doesn’t mean the problem has gone. And I thought if I withdraw the sex, then the problems I can just avoid.

"And so I’ve just avoided. And after a year I was so much more understanding of myself and had more respect for myself. I won’t lay with anyone that isn’t my equal ever again."

She said that she realised that she "doesn't like" casual sex, but that "it doesn’t stop me wanting to have sex because that’s just me being a full-on woman who likes it. What’s wrong? There’s nothing wrong with it.’

She went on to say that there are double standards when it comes to men and women's sex drives and the amount that they sleep with people.

"If you’re driven by your libido, which men are notorious for and women not so much – which I think is bull**** because I think loads of women just want to get f***** sometimes and there’s nothing wrong with it."

However, she did defend actor Leonardo DiCaprio, 48, and his well-documented dating history which is filled with younger women.

"He’s got a type. He likes them that age."


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