Television personality Lizzie Cundy has hit back at a French author’s claims that women over 50 are ‘too old to love.’
“It is so sexist, ageist, it is dinosaur views!” she said on Tuesday morning’s Good Morning Britain.
Cundy revealed that she’d previously lied about her age. Up until last year she was claiming to be three years younger, but after admitting she was 50 on her ITV dating show Our Shirley Valentine Summer, she says she’s had more career opportunities than ever before.
“I was told to actually take a few years off my age to get work because I was doing a showbiz show and people said they wouldn’t relate to you if you are older. The fact is it was the opposite. Once I revealed my real age I couldn’t stop working!” she explained.
She now believes that her life actually began once she admitted to reaching the big 5-0: “I think 50 and up – my life actually began at 50! I got a great ITV show…and I haven’t really stopped working since!”
French writer and television personality Yann Moix made headlines on Monday evening after he told Marie Claire that women over 50 were too old ‘to love.’
Moix, 50-years-old himself, said that it was impossible for him to love a woman the same age as him.
“Come on now, let’s not exaggerate! That’s not possible … too, too old!” he told the magazine.
He went on to say that he found young women’s bodies ‘extraordinary’ and that he particularly liked Asian women.
“I prefer younger women’s bodies, that’s all. End of. The body of a 25-year-old woman is extraordinary. The body of a woman of 50 is not extraordinary at all.
“It’s perhaps sad and reductive for the women I go out with but the Asian type is sufficiently rich, large and infinite for me not to be ashamed,” he said.
His views have been widely criticised internationally. Moix has responded by telling French radio station RTL Radio:
“I like who I like and I don’t have to answer to the court of taste.”
“50-year-old women do not see me either! They have something else to do than to get around a neurotic who writes and reads all day long. It’s not easy to be with me.”