Carol Vorderman isn't looking to settle down anytime soon – least of all before the festive season gets underway. The 55-year-old TV star told her I'm A Celebrity campmate Scarlett Moffatt that she prefers to be single at Christmas because it leaves her more time for her "occasionals".
Carol admitted: "One of my boyfriend, 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 anymore. I prefer to have a few occasionals!"
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Carol Vorderman told Scarlett Moffatt she prefers to be single at Christmas
Pressed for further details by Scarlett, the former Countdown star 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," she replied, adding with a laugh: "A few occasionals suits me fine."
Some of Carol's friend are hoping she strikes up a romance with Joel Dommett
It comes after Carol's friend Amanda Prowse said that the show's bosses should nudge the star and fellow singleton Joel Dommett, 30, into striking up a romance. "It feels like everyone wants to see Carol and Joel together," Carol commented.
A fledgling relationship would also be backed by Carol's actress pal Claire Sweeney, who 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."