Carol Vorderman’s relationship history: From her two divorces to her ‘five special friends’

Carol Vorderman’s rollercoaster relationship history: From her two divorces to her ‘five special friends’

Carol Vorderman has spilled the beans on her 10-year-long ‘no-strings-attached’ relationships with multiple men, who she calls her ‘special friends’.

The presenter, 62, went on to slam ‘b*****ks’ rules against women, claiming she get ‘frustrated’ when they’re told to ‘find a man’.

She told The Sun: ‘I don’t understand why my behaviour should change just because I’m getting older.

Candid: Carol Vorderman has spilled the beans on her 10-year-long 'no-strings-attached' relationships with multiple men, who she calls her 'special friends'

Candid: Carol Vorderman has spilled the beans on her 10-year-long ‘no-strings-attached’ relationships with multiple men, who she calls her ‘special friends’

‘I might have a boyfriend who only lasts a few months. I call them “special friends”. People may have other terms for them!’

She added elsewhere in the interview: ‘Every romcom tells women to look for love and live happily ever after. It’s all nonsense. We sell every little girl the message: “Cinderella needs a prince to save her.” Yet half of marriages end in divorce.’

Carol has been married twice and has two children, and although currently single, fans are always clamouring to hear about her previous relationships.

MailOnline has taken a deep dive into Carol’s love life, from her first marriage to giving up monogamy.

Deeper look: MailOnline has taken a deep dive into Carol's love life, from her first marriage to giving up monogamy

Deeper look: MailOnline has taken a deep dive into Carol’s love life, from her first marriage to giving up monogamy

FIRST LOVE

Carol’s first marriage was at the young age of 24, when she tied the knot with Christopher Mather in 1985.

However, the TV star and the Naval officer did not last long, as they soon split only 12 months after walking the aisle.

In 2018, Carol quipped that the marriage was doomed from the start, after she performed It’s Raining Men on her wedding day.

Young love: Carol's first marriage was at the young age of 24, when she tied the knot with Christopher Mather in 1985

Young love: Carol’s first marriage was at the young age of 24, when she tied the knot with Christopher Mather in 1985

Speaking on BBC Radio Wales, Carol explained: ‘When I got married for the first time, not terribly successfully… this could be the reason why…

‘So we got married during the day and had the standard reception thing and then there was an evening do.

‘I got changed into a sheer outfit, the kind of thing you would see on Strictly Come Dancing nowadays, and I had been leant it by the girls from Three, Two, One, the programme.”

Laughing, she recalled: ‘I got on the stage and I sang this [song] at my wedding and I was then dragged off by my husband and the marriage didn’t last long, so here we go, it’s raining men and you can understand his reasons.’

SECOND TIME AROUND 

Four years after her split from Christopher, Carol went on to marry her second husband Patrick King. 

She remained married to the management consultant for a decade and they welcomed two children Katie and Cameron.

However, the pair then split in 2000, with Carol calling their separation one of her biggest regrets.

Tied the knot: Four years after her split from Christopher, Carol went on to marry her second husband Patrick King

Tied the knot: Four years after her split from Christopher, Carol went on to marry her second husband Patrick King

She told Woman Magazine: ‘I never said why my marriage broke down and we’d agreed never to talk about it publicly.

‘The divorce is a regret of mine and my mum thinks that we should have stayed together.’

Sadly, she admitted: ‘He’s now remarried so there’s no chance of us getting back together.’

‘Had my career not taken off like it did, Paddy and I probably wouldn’t have split up.’

The experience turned her off marriage forever, as she later said: ‘I never want to get married again.’

RELATIONSHIPS

Despite her unwillingness to walk down the aisle again, the Countdown star continued to date.

In the early 2000s, she met Des Kelly at a Christmas party and they embarked on a long-term relationship together.

Carol and Dec lived together and split their time between London and West Cork in Ireland.

Love life: In the early 2000s, she met Des Kelly at a Christmas party and they embarked on a long-term relationship together (pictured together in 2004)

Love life: In the early 2000s, she met Des Kelly at a Christmas party and they embarked on a long-term relationship together (pictured together in 2004) 

However, after six years together the couple eventually went their separate ways in 2006.

Carol then went on to date Graham ‘Duffy’ Duff, who was 14 years younger than her.

The TV star and the Red Arrows veteran dated for four years and then had a short break up in 2015 before rekindling.

Age gap: Carol then went on to date Graham 'Duffy' Duff, who was 14 years younger than her (pictured 2013)

Age gap: Carol then went on to date Graham ‘Duffy’ Duff, who was 14 years younger than her (pictured 2013)

However, despite having another go at the relationship, Carol revealed they had called it quits the following year.

She told the Mirror in 2016: ‘I’m happily single, freely independent and doing my own thing.’

Carol then added: ‘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.’

Relationship: The TV star and the Red Arrows veteran dated for four years and then had a short break up in 2015 before rekindling (pictured in 2013)

Relationship: The TV star and the Red Arrows veteran dated for four years and then had a short break up in 2015 before rekindling (pictured in 2013)

‘SPECIAL FRIENDS’

Appearing on Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers podcast, Carol recently revealed she has five ‘special friends’ while discussing the ‘system’ she has had in place for the past 10 years

Giving a very candid insight into her complicated love life, Carol said she’s ‘not into one night stands’ but dates multiple men whom she affectionately names her ‘special friends’. 

When asked by Michelle if she was in a relationship, Carol quipped: ‘No! I’m having the best time. I’ve spoken about this once. I have a system which I’ve had for 10 years. They’re called ‘special friends’.

‘I spoke a couple of months ago about having ‘special friends’ and it was like, again, the world had fallen in for some people but actually what I found was there was an awful lot of women who said “I’d never thought about it like this”.’

Carol added she has been in ‘long term relationships, if you like’ with her special friends – and has been dating some for years. 

She said: ‘One’s 11 years, one’s seven years, you know everyone is single. It’s a happy place. I hasten to add I’m not into one night stands.’   

Surprise: Appearing on Michelle Visage's Rule Breakers podcast, Carol recently revealed she has five 'special friends' while discussing the 'system' she has had in place for the past 10 years

Surprise: Appearing on Michelle Visage’s Rule Breakers podcast, Carol recently revealed she has five ‘special friends’ while discussing the ‘system’ she has had in place for the past 10 years

‘The language around a woman of my generation is that if you had more than one partner when you got married you were this you were that. Everything was derogatory about a woman, that was the environment I was growing up in. It was like “she’s desperate”, everything was judgmental.’

Carol went on: ‘Well you can take all that and you can throw it out the window, that’s my polite way of saying it.

‘But there’s no harm being done. It’s a happy place to live. The only thing I was sold when I was young was a fairytale with a poor girl meets a prince they get married and they lived happily ever after.’

'Special': Giving a very candid insight into her complicated love life, Carol said she's 'not into one night stands' but dates multiple men whom she affectionately names her 'special friends'

‘Special’: Giving a very candid insight into her complicated love life, Carol said she’s ‘not into one night stands’ but dates multiple men whom she affectionately names her ‘special friends’

‘This whole assumption: ‘Have you got a partner yet? Have you got a man?’ Well, no actually I’ve got five.’

Michelle responded by calling the maths whizz a ‘legend’. 

Carol has previously spoken about her many ‘special friends’, with one being an astronaut who ‘calls her from the space station’. 

She said on This Morning: ‘I live my life in chapters, and you said and this chapter since I was about 50. So for the last decade or so, I’ve lived a life which is much freer.

Friends in high places: Carol has previously spoken about her many 'special friends', with one being an astronaut who 'calls her from the space station'

Friends in high places: Carol has previously spoken about her many ‘special friends’, with one being an astronaut who ‘calls her from the space station’

‘I’ve never felt freer. So I have ignored the looking for one person and I have a number of what I’ve called “special friends”.

She continued: ‘I don’t really want to marry again. I don’t really want to live with a man again. Have to look after him all the time. But this is a time to break this nonsense taboo, which is a person should only be looking for one other person that satisfies everything in their life. That’s hell.’

Adding of her ‘special friends’ Carol explained: ‘They don’t know each other, but they know about it. It’s a very honest relationship.

‘One of them has gone on for many more years than my marriage. Yeah, it’s over 10 years. Another is seven. He’s an astronaut. He rang me from the space station.’

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