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Carol Vorderman: I prefer to be single at Christmas so I can 'have a few occasionals'

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TV personality Carol Vorderman had some interesting revelations about the state of her love life on I'm a Celebrity

Carol Vorderman made some interesting revelations about her love life on I'm a Celebrity, telling Scarlett Moffatt that she always dumps her boyfriends at Christmas so she can 'have a few occasionals'!

Hello! reports Carol confessing: "One of my boyfriends, I'd gone off him a bit and I decided to dump him before Christmas. They always get dumped by Christmas anyway… Christmas is party time, I don't think I should say any more. I prefer to have a few occasionals!"

She continued: "Anyway, the boyfriend said he was to leave my Christmas present anyway. In the box was two tickets for a weekend on the Orient Express, which I'd never done, but I'd like to. I know who I would like to take, someone who is very nice for a few little days here and there… Generally I am a rubbish girlfriend because I'm too independent and not romantic."

Carol was then asked if it was hard for her to find a boyfriend. "It is because… they tend to be high maintenance and they like a lot of attention, and I don't have time for it, so I prefer to have a few... A few occasionals suits me fine."

One of Carol's friends, Amanda Prowse, said she hoped Carol and fellow camper Joel Dommett, 30, iwould hit it off. "It feels like everyone wants to see Carol and Joel together," she said.

Meanwhile, another friend, actress Claire Sweeney, told the Sun. "Carol is a gorgeous women so it wouldn't surprise me if he fancied her. All men do when they meet Carol! She likes maths and he likes maths – she's a very intelligent woman so he'd have to be clever too.

"She just sits there next to all the younger girls, with no make-up on, and looks more beautiful than any of them."


Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.