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So when I read the new Bridget Jones novel I couldn't help but feel a bit frustrated.Bridget, now 51 and single again, is shown as a sexily-dressed hot-to-trot cougar living life in the fast lane and loving every minute. Clearly author Helen Fielding has very different ideas about what it's like to be single in your 40s and 50s.In recent weeks there has been a slew of celebrity bust-ups.Tamzin Outhwaite, 42, who is filing for divorce from her husband Tom Ellis and Nigella Lawson, 53, whose 10-year marriage to Charles Saatchi ended in July, are starting down the mid-life single route.A woman on her own over 40 on the other hand is seen as a predatory husband stealer. It was a defining moment and it made things clear in my head.
When you're in your 20s and 30s breaking up is not that hard to do.
One particularly unpleasant man whose wife was an old friend made it his mission one evening to grope me every time she left the table. So I decided to embrace the upsides of being single in your 40s and 50s.
For a start you don't have to worry about someone else.
He asked for my number and is taking me out for dinner next week.
For the first time in 18 months I have met someone I connect with. Knowing what you want can save a lot of time and heartache.
After all there are a lot of middle-aged male divorcés who are licking their romantic wounds, covering up their bald patches and looking to meet a woman to share their life with.