TAK­ING A TRO­PHY WIFE

GQ (Australia) - - MOTOR -

Find­ing your­self un­ex­pect­edly sin­gle at 45 can rob a man of all good sense. Up­dated Face­book re­la­tion­ship sta­tus: ‘Will marry any­thing with a pulse/fake boo­bies even if she’s def­i­nitely only in it for my money.’ Don’t be that guy. Ride out the panic. Be­cause a re­la­tion­ship formed on the wrong side of 40 can turn out to be the best of your life, pro­vided you stay cool. You’re a catch now, af­ter all. You know your way around a wine list, can smooth talk the stoni­est face on the Qan­tas Club re­cep­tion with a hair­line that re­mains quite strong, and, thanks to var­i­ous test re­la­tion­ships, you’ve learnt how not to be a prick. As tempted as your ego may be to lock down the first hot blonde who swipes right, take stock of the cons. The fact she only knows the Kygo remix of ‘Sex­ual Heal­ing’, that you’ll be rou­tinely mis­taken for her dad, and made to visit un­der­ground bars only open from mid­night, is a high price to pay for pil­lowtalk. We’re not say­ing don’t. Men with young wives live longer, ac­cord­ing to le­git­i­mate Googlable sci­ence, but a messy di­vorce three years in surely has the op­po­site ef­fect. Ask Paul Mccart­ney.

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