Will So­phie find true love?

Let’s just say that she’s go­ing to need lots and lots of luck

Daily Mercury - - WEEKEND - SEX AND THE SIN­GLE GIRL with He­len Hawkes

IAM shame­fully ad­dicted to The Bach­e­lorette. I started watch­ing it to see The In­trud­ers – older guys the pro­duc­ers were bring­ing in af­ter el­i­gi­ble chick So­phie Monk had to deal with 20-some­things in her search for love in the first weeks – Soph is 37.

Sadly, I was then hooked, partly be­cause I was fas­ci­nated by the fact that even some­one as phys­i­cally per­fect and fa­mous as So­phie had prob­lems find­ing a guy who wasn’t a jerk.

And of course there was the fas­ci­na­tion with the guys’ moan­ing and whin­ing about fair­ness and true love and who would get the next solo date and who they were in com­pe­ti­tion with. Ap­par­ently guys can be just as bitchy as girls.

I texted my girl­friend, a Bach­e­lorette ex­pert, about the new ar­rivals – a pub owner, an op­tometrist, a chef and some guy who al­ready had five kids. Maybe one will be right for So­phie? “Yeah,” she said, “and maybe I will meet my true love to­mor­row. Ha­haha! I just don’t think our gen­er­a­tion is meant to be paired up. I think it is some kind of pop­u­la­tion con­trol.”

Of course a lot of peo­ple are mar­ried, or live to­gether. But there’s plenty more who are sep­a­rated, di­vorced or sin­gle too. And it is not for want of try­ing.

But some­times, let’s be hon­est, it’s be­cause of com­plete lack of in­ter­est – the “hap­pily sin­gle” can do what they want, when they want, though they bear all the hous­ing costs them­selves.

So what’s it all about, this love thing, and will So­phie find true love? Well she has about the same chance as the rest of us, ap­par­ently, ex­cept she does have an en­tire tele­vi­sion show – and a hair and make-up and wardrobe team – de­voted to help­ing her.

Why hasn’t she met Mr Right yet? By her own ad­mis­sion, she has a mag­net for jerks. But, as my GP used to say, maybe there’s just a lot of jerks out there.

Good luck, So­phie. And if you are a lit­tle cu­ri­ous about male-fe­male dat­ing pol­i­tics, don’t for­get to tune in.

PHO­TOS: STU­ART BRYCE/CON­TRIB­UTED

So­phie Monk stars in sea­son three of The Bach­e­lorette and, left, con­tes­tant Apollo Jack­son poses with So­phie dur­ing one of the group dates.

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