Former Countdown maths whizz Carol Vorderman, 58, insisted dating younger men was no “big deal” as she reflected on negative comments she’s received about her age in the past.
In her column with the Daily Mail, Carol said she has been criticised for her outfit choices on numerous occasions.
She wrote: “Let’s laugh at the idiots who use ageist remarks as some form of bullying.
“They are simply stupid. I make no secret of the fact that I date men who are younger than me. Big deal.
“But I also have ‘special friends’ who are around my age, too.
“The one thing all my friends have in common, ‘special’ or otherwise, is that we like people for their spirit and attitudes and laughter, not what it says on their birth certificates.”
Carol went on to say she doesn’t like the term “50 is the new 30”.
She added: “It isn’t and it isn’t trying to be… 50 is the new 50 without apology.”
Carol went on to say her 50s have been the “best decade” of her life so far.
The presenter added: “I belly laugh, love hiking in the mountains or on the coastal paths of Wales, party hard, work less hard, see only people I want to see, don’t worry about competition or what everyone else is thinking.”
Twice married Carol is believed to be single, but tends to keep her love life under wraps.
Back in December, Carol Vorderman admitted she had enjoyed her best “first date” but failed to elaborate on details.
During an appearance on Loose Women, Carol said: “I haven’t got a new man but I had the best ever… possibly the first best date ever.”
When quizzed further by panelists, she mother-of-two replied: “I’m not telling you thing because there may be no second date.”
“It was slightly surreal and he’s an amazing person and that’s all I’m telling you,” she added.
“And he’s not British and he’s not famous.”
Carol has been married twice in the past.
The ex Countdown star first tied the knot with Christopher Mather in 1985, before divorcing a year later.
She later married Patrick King in 1990, but the pair split in 2000.
The former couple share son Cameron King and daughter Katie King together.