Melanie Sykes looking for older man capable of matching her ‘high sex drive’
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TV presenter Melanie Sykes is on the lookout for a new man – but her toyboy days appear to be over as she has set her sights on finding an older gentleman who can match her ‘high sex drive’.
The 52-year-old has dated a string of younger guys in the past, and most recently split from an Italian gondolier 27 years her junior.
Poor Mel admitted she hasn’t had sex in the year that’s passed since going seperate ways from Riccardo Simionato, but is now finally ready to start dating again, according to OK!
A pal told the magazine: “Mel is desperate to find someone new, but she’s over the thrill of a toy-boy relationship and she’s looking to find her other half.”
The source added: “She’s made it no secret that she has a high sex drive and now, after taking a break from dating, she’s ready to find a man her age that can really match her energy, both emotionally and physically.”
Opening up about being “out of action” for 12 months, the former Today with Des and Mel presenter said she had previously been using sex to patch up relationship problems, before realising that “withdrawing” from it meant those “problems could be avoided”.
She said: “After a year I was so much more understanding of myself and had more respect for myself. I won’t lie with anyone that isn’t my equal ever again. It’s as simple as that.”
After splitting from actor husband Daniel Caltagirone in 2009, Mel found love again with 25-year-old Jack Cockings in 2013, whom she married and divorced within the space of a year.
Another of her toyboys was German golf pro Martin Kaymer, who she dated in 2018. He was 14 years younger than her.
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Mel, who has also dated Alan Partridge actor Steve Coogan and singer Olly Murs, met her most recent beau Riccardo whilst holidaying in Venice in 2020.
After they were snapped kissing during the getaway, Melanie confirmed her whirlwind romance by telling fans she “experienc[ed] so much joy” in his company.
However, it wasn’t long before the duo called time on their relationship, with a source citing the 1,000km distance between their homes as the reason why.
Discussing the difficulties in finding the right man, Mel said: “It’s very rare to meet a man my age with the energy I’ve got. And I don’t mean for marathon sex sessions, I mean like, life.”
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