For 50-plus types unwilling to walk — possibly rewalk — the path that leads to romance, rings and relocation, the prospect of a "friend with benefits" is looking less and less like a millennial indulgence.
After all, it gets awfully lonely waiting around for "the one." Perhaps you've decided that what you need at this point in your life is someone to talk to and laugh with — someone with whom you can share the sheets, but not the tax refund.
“Don was actually waiting for me when I got out of rehab,” she says about Johnson, with whom she had daughter Dakota.
“We got back together; it was the most natural, perfect, loving thing. I think it’s hard when you are both in the public eye, unless one of you gives up work.” The star would go on to marry actor Antonio Banderas in 1996 before filing for divorce in 2014.
Many older divorced or widowed men and women are in the same boat. You're probably not desperate enough to stalk your neighbors, or to go looking for friends with benefits in all the wrong places (bars come to mind).
They feel protective of their privacy and peace of mind, but they haven't become eunuchs or hermits. But offered a chance to reconnect with someone from your past — dinner with your high school steady, for example — you might just surprise yourself by winding up in bed.
Sally (Courtney Hope) still has the hots for Liam (Scott Clifton), so she remains a player in this storyline as well.
But then it gets you thinking: You're single, too — what could be so bad about a casual night in bed with someone you like but don't love? I wasn’t like a drunk-on-the-floor, out-of-it person,” Griffith, 59, says in the new issue, out Friday.“I didn’t do some things I probably should have done but, mostly, I was there for my kids.Sixty-something sexologist Joan Price, for one, endorses "gray hookups," but with a couple of strong caveats: The people involved must be emotionally capable of handling their status as noncommitted bed partners, and they must protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases.In a national study conducted in 2012, the Center for Sexual Health Promotion found sex partners over 50 twice as likely to use a condom when they regarded a sexual encounter as casual rather than as part of an ongoing relationship.
Can a casual sexual relationship exact an emotional toll?