Glynis Barber and friends discuss the problem with dating when you're over 50

Francesca Specter
Yahoo Style UK deputy editor
Glynis says she's glad she's no longer in the dating game. [Photo: Getty]

Glynis Barber, 63, has revealed why she sympathises with older women who are in the dating game.

She reveals this in conversation with Kate Thornton, as part of the podcast ‘White Wine Question Time’, produced by Kate Thornton in association with Yahoo UK.

The South African actress has been married to her second husband, US actor Michael Brandon, since 1989, offers that she wouldn’t want to date again at her age.

In conversation with her friend Karen Thompson, 56, who is mother to ‘Made in Chelsea’ stars Louise and Sam, Glynis says she is “really happy” with her marital status because it means she doesn’t have to act as a “carer” to older men.

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“I'm really happy I’m married actually. Other single friends I've had who sort of date men in their own age range or little bit older sort of a say that the men just really want to find a woman to look after them and then you become a carer!”

Karen, meanwhile, who is divorced and has recently started dating again, reveals the pitfalls of dating as an older woman.

“It's so hard. All my girlfriends and I say, ‘I desperately want to go out, have fun dance the night way, which I love so much, but there is nowhere in London that I feel I can go without people looking at me thinking I'm too old to be there and it's terribly sad.’

She adds: “I'm very loathe to go out with just a girlfriend or a couple of girls. It looks a little bit obvious when you’re women of a certain age.

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“Perhaps I'm becoming paranoid. I don't want to look as if I'm sort of out there looking at who's around. You have to be very careful when you're a certain age.”

However, Karen insists she has recently enjoyed going out nonetheless: “It reminded me for the first time in years, I'm not too old to have fun.”

Listen to the full episode of Kate Thornton’s White Wine Question Time below.

Dating can be complicated at any age, as recently demonstrated when a Tinder user’s list of strict rules went viral.

Earlier this year, a woman snapped after her Tinder date refused to pay her food bill.