Celebrities Who’ve Swapped Their Wives for Younger Lovers
“Buying a flashy sports car, stepping out in clothes unsuitable for anyone over 25 and dumping the wife for a younger model – all common symptoms of a mid-life crisis.
And this weekend, it emerged three more male celebrities have fallen victim to the same affliction.
Comedian Rowan Atkinson, 59, has split from his wife Sunetra, 52, after 23 years and has been spotted with actress Louise Ford, 31.
The pair met when they starred together in the play Quartermaine’s Terms in London in January last year.
Rowan, who has amassed a £70 million fortune from roles such as Mr Bean and Blackadder, has since moved out of the family home in Chelsea and into a flat nearby.
On Friday, he was spotted at a garden centre buying plants with Louise, a RADA-trained actress, who also appeared in Channel 4’s Misfits.
(Revelations: Rowan Atkinson and his ex-wife Sunetra)
It was also revealed that seven-time world snooker champion Stephen Hendry, 45, has walked out on Mandy – his wife of 19 years – for blonde actress Lauren Thundow.
She is 26, making her nearly two decades the dad-of-two’s junior.
(Rocky: Stephen Hendry and his ex-wife Mandy, Image: Getty)
And Welsh rugby legend and pundit Jonathan Davies , 51, is currently enjoying a new romance with Jay Thorburn, 38, just three months after he left his wife of 12 years, Helen.
Sadly – for womankind – Stephen, Rowan and Jonathan are merely treading a well-worn path.
Statistics prove couples are most likely to get divorced in their 40s and 50s.
At that point it is usually the husband who decides to pull the plug as opposed to the wife in younger marriages, with experts suggesting it is men seeking to shake up their love lives during a mid-life crisis.
Figures for marriage breakup show that until the age of 40, more women file for divorce that men.
From 40 upwards, it is the man who is most likely to end the marriage.
And figures from the Office for National Statistics prove more men than ever are filing for divorce in their 60s – the number increased by 73% between 1991 and 2011.
And a recent survey by law firm Irwin Mitchell found that 24% of divorces are caused by an extra-marital affair.
Below are a few more older men who may have been better off buying that sports car instead.
The Rolling Stone was true to his band’s name when he walked out on his wife of 23 years and their four children for a teenage Russian cocktail waitress.
Ronnie was 61 when he left wife Jo for Ekaterina Ivanova, above, then just 18, in 2008. Jo reportedly begged her younger rival not to take him away but to no avail.
The romance was over after just 18 months. That clearly hasn’t put Ronnie, 66, off younger women as he married 36-year-old theatre producer Sally Humphreys in December 2012.
(Younger model: Ronnie Wood and Ekaterina Ivanova, Image: Getty)
The Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood’s marriage hit the rocks when he took the show to the US.
The sparks started to fly across the kitchen between Paul and his co-host Marcela Valladolid, 35, above, and his 15-year marriage to Alexandra, mother of his 12-year-old son, soon fell apart.
Now it seems Paul, 48, was able to have his cake and eat it. After his fling proved short-lived he managed to rekindle his marriage in December.
(Paul Hollywood and wife Alexandra)
Hollywood star Johnny, 50, split from the mother of his two children Vanessa Paradis in 2012 after being together 14 years.
Johnny had met new girlfriend Amber Heard, 27, above, when filming The Rum Diaries in 2010 and they are now engaged.
He popped the question on Christmas Eve last year, although they have yet to announce a date for their wedding.
He told the Mirror last week that Amber deserved the chance to be a mother and he would” happily have 100 children with her”.
(New love: Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, Image: Getty)
The property tycoon was kicked to the kerb by former Blue Peter presenter Anthea Turner after cheating on her twice with the same woman.
Grant, 51, was given a second chance after his first affair with 25-year-old heiress Zoe de Mallet Morgan, above, but he soon slipped back into his old ways and he and Anthea divorced last year.
Grant split from Zoe last August after a holiday to party island Ibiza underlined the age gap and left the father of three struggling to keep up.
(Grant Bovey and ex Anthea Turner, Image: Getty)
Frasier star Kelsey said Cheers and farewell to his wife Camille after 13 years of marriage and took off with a flight attendant 26 years his junior and made her wife number four.
Kelsey, 59, even got the name of his new love, Kayte Walsh, above, tattooed on his hip and ran off to Las Vegas to renew his vows in 2012, a year after getting married.
However, the star is adamant he got it right this time around and the couple are expecting their second child to join 20-month-old daughter Faith.
(Age gap: Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Grammer, Image: WireImage)
Even his team of Eggheads may have struggled to tell you who Sky presenter Dermot Murnaghan was kissing in London’s Hyde Park in September 2012.
Because it was not Maria, his wife of 23 years and mother of his four children.
Dermot, 54 at the time, was seen kissing Camilla Tew, a 31-year-old make-up artist on his Sunday morning Sky programme, while enjoying the sunshine on a blanket.
Dermot, Maria and Camilla have all stayed silent about the incident.”
(Dermot Murnaghan and wife Maria, Image: Rex)