‘It’s been nonstop hurly-burly!’: Vanessa Feltz, 60, says she’s been ‘far more frolicsome than any menopausal woman should be’ thanks to her toyboy fiancé Ben Ofoedu, 50
Vanessa Feltz has revealed she has had ‘nonstop hurly-burly’ during menopause thanks to her ‘young, frolicsome’ fiancé Ben Ofoedu.
The This Morning presenter, 60, shared a very candid insight into her sex life and revealed they have done the deed everywhere from the car to the chaise longue.
Vanessa described the times when she ‘couldn’t stand the thought of sex’ as she negotiated hot flushes and hormonal changes that made her want to ‘melt sob or screen’.
Sex confessions: Vanessa Feltz has revealed she has had ‘nonstop hurly-burly’ during menopause thanks to her ‘young, frolicsome’ partner Ben Ofoedu
Vanessa talked about her 10-year age gap with Ben as their ‘relationship coincided with acres of the menopause’.
In an interview with The Times, Vanessa said: ‘If I’d had the same old husband I’d have settled in. Sex? Are you crazy? I’m hot. I’m tired. I’m old. But Ben is young and frolicsome, which is part of his allure.
‘I have had to be far more frolicsome than any menopausal woman should have to be. It’s been nonstop hurly-burly at the door, in the car, on the chaise longue, when all I really wanted was to melt or sob or scream.
Daring! The This Morning presenter, 60, shared a very candid insight into her sex life and revealed they have done the deed everywhere from the car to the chaise longue
‘Of course it has been way better than sticking my head in the freezer, just more effortful, even when I can’t stand the thought of sex, I find I like the closeness, plus while I’m at it I can’t eat or drink, so I haven’t put on any weight.’
Vanessa added she has had to ‘up my game in every way for 16 exhausting years’ due to Ben’s ‘youthful urges’, with singer being 34 when they first met.
The pair were friends for 10 months before things began to evolve into a ‘hot and heavy relationship’.
Vanessa said she got her first hot flush when she was presenting her first ever Radio 2 Breakfast show in 2011 and is still going through menopause.
Candid: Vanessa said she got her first hot flush when she was presenting her first ever Radio 2 Breakfast show in 2011 and is still going through menopause
The TV star’s 17-year marriage to Michael Kurer broke down in 2000. Vanessa is mother to Allegra, 37, and Saskia, 34.
Vanessa and Ben have been engaged for 16 years after meeting through their mutual friend – Boyzone star Keith Duffy.
The couple got engaged in 2006 and were due to marry the following year and again in 2011 but have yet to tie the knot.
WHAT IS THE MENOPAUSE?
Menopause is when a woman stops having periods, and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.
It usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55.
It is a normal part of ageing and caused by levels of the sex hormone oestrogen dropping.
Some women go through this time with few, if any, symptoms.
Others suffer from hot flushes, sleeping difficulties, mood swings and brain fog, which can last for months or years and might change over time.
HRT replaces the hormones and is the main treatment used to treat symptoms — which can be severe and disrupt day-to-day life.
Menopause happens when your ovaries stop producing as much of the hormone oestrogen and no longer release an egg each month.
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