While some relationships fall by the wayside (Madonna and Jesus supposedly split because they had 'nothing in common'), others do succeed (Demi and Ashton have been married for five years, while Sam and Aaron are expecting a baby).

The list of female celebrities dating considerably younger men is growing.

We have the freedom to choose what lifestyle we want."Although the majority of us still follow the tradition of getting married, buying a house and having kids by a certain age, more and more are choosing alternatives.

As a result, it's becoming more the 'norm'.

"The difficulties faced by couples in these relationships are no different to those faced by anyone in any relationship," says Carolin.

"Age is not the problem, but things like different values, lifestyles, morals, even spending habits, could be." These could be linked to age, but they might also be a result of upbringing, family life or personal habits.

^^^^^^"..the older someone is, less sexy they become..."...... I've noticed that men really don't care how old you are when you meet them... I have been in relationships where the guy was MUCH older, and let me tell you those didn't work (I was also MUCH younger at the time) Live and learn right? They are not blind to gravity's pull, or to the wrinkles or to the grey hairs, they actually just don't give a sh*t about such things.

until you tell them the number and then they start overthinking things..doing the math.... I am not a man but I think I can speak for them.far as a great time and feeling each other men seem to bond with older women.when the matter comes down to life long relationships and kids the older woman after 5 years or so is shyt out of luck .as much as he loves her .is NOT IN LOVE WITH HER!!!!!! THERE ARE MOMENTS.you want to capture these moments then i will write them in the poetry column.are meant to be heard so that all of you can understand why a younger man left you but is not in love with you but STILL LOVES YOU!!!! They just go for whom they feel comfortable with no matter what others may think. We were friends before, and decided to end it on our own terms.

As could one partner's desire to 'settle'.

But it's not always the party you think."Some women dating younger men do want to settle, but for me the term 'cougar' means a strong, independent, sophisticated, intelligent, sexy woman who chooses not to marry again, co-habit or have kids," says Valerie. If she sees things are getting serious she’ll simply move on to someone else. Others follow other people’s opinions.""There are still pockets of society that condemn such a pairing," adds Valerie.

I can't speak for all men but I think it does'nt realy matter, too many factors that are more important, for example let say an older person that likes to follow pop culture might be more attracted to someone younger because they would have more things in common, it's more about how young at heart you are more then question isn't sepcific enough.... " They totally ignored I had said 50 was fine and keyed on the lower number when in fact to me it is about meeting someone I am attracted to, not age and seemed to be very insecure about their age... Oh lordy I could list a pile of names of "old" and still dayum sexy women.

if it's sexual part of a relationship that you are wondering about in regards to older age then your man would have to find you sexy, and the older someone is, less sexy they become but even then sexiness too can be broken down into many categories so once again, your question is kind of abstract, it's much easier to ask your boyfriend what they think of you, overall however, in today's superficial culture and the way standards are, younger women are more appealing to most men.^^^^^ Eh? I for one don't believe for one moment that OLD gals like me are getting less sexy with age...pffffffffffffft! Perhaps age matters more to the women here than it does the guys??? To me, if the person is a good fit age wouldn't bother me at all. That much I know thanks to my roaring fun-filled Thirties I should add though that regardless of age, creed, ....whatever!!! Oh and to the young fella who states women loses sexiness with age. Believe it or not there are actually men out there that do not put young looks as a priority.

Research from the Australian National University suggests marriages where the man is two or more years younger than the woman have a 17 per cent failure rate compared to 10 per cent in marriages between partners of a similar age. "In my experience, these relationships rarely end because he leaves for someone younger. He chooses to date older and, once in that fabulous world, he doesn’t want to leave!