I was a size 8, but he told me I was as fat as a barrel.

I would dissolve in tears until I began to interpret his attacks as a form of control exercised by a man who was growing insecure.

I felt spoiled, adored and privileged by a man who bore a passing resemblance to George Clooney. An ‘afternoon nap’, that lovely euphemism for midday hanky-panky, became a real afternoon nap.

Meanwhile, the men my friends were becoming engaged to looked like Michael Gove. The city bustle I adored was pronounced ‘unhealthy.’ At weekends we drove to a desolate moor in order to fill his lungs with fresh air.

Prince Talleyrand, Napoleon’s foreign minister, who was catnip to women, fathered a child in his 60s.

Churchill was 66 when he became PM in 1940, and Ronald Reagan was almost 70 when he entered the White House.

I left the financier when he asked for a wheelchair to take him onto a flight to Rome.

I abandoned the lawyer when he could no longer see his feet without glasses and began, only half in jest, to talk about suicide pacts.As part of this singleton trend, more women over 60 are looking to meet men in their age group – but dating is different after 60 than it was in our younger years.Many single women over 50 are simply asking, “Where are all the older single men?The relationship ended soon after he decided to retire from his law practice and spend his days pottering in the garden.Feeling the loss of his own career, he belittled mine and attempted to end it, even deleting emails from my employers.Her husband had already had five boys by his first wife, and wasn’t keen for more children. One Christmas, I received a Hussar’s uniform, complete with a sabre he wanted me to rattle.