Urban defines cougars as: “A sophisticated species of female who seeks the pleasure of younger males.” Faye Dunaway and Carrie Fisher even filmed the movie Cougar Club last year.
“Only a few years ago the idea of an older woman having sex with a younger man was disgusting to many,” says Gibson, a sex advice columnist in Toronto, Canada, who organises annual “cougar cruises” to bring older women and younger men together.
In the case of Joan Collins, 75, her husband Percy Gibson is 32 years her junior.
Kate Taylor, relationship expert at online dating site Match.com, understands why older women are seeking younger men.
Jennifer Aniston, approaching 40, is quickly getting serious with fresh-faced rocker John Mayer, 30.
Halle Berry, 41, had a daughter in March by Gabriel Aubry, nine years her junior.
Three-quarters of the women in Hollywood are doing it.” But Gibson warns: “A cougar can have her fun but she should know it’s probably not for the long term.
Enjoy it while it lasts.” Susan Winter, 53, author of Older Women, Younger Men, says: “The rest of society is catching up with Hollywood, which is always first in breaking social taboos.
What she doesn’t necessarily want is children, cohabitation or commitment. And it’s an irresistible combination for younger men who are more than willing to play a part.” Numerous cougar websites have sprung up where older women go to date younger men.
“This is a new era where older women are seeking younger men,” says Go
“All that I focus on is that she is the best thing that ever happened to me. Demi, I love you.” The camera panned to reveal the star of Ghost and Indecent Proposal with grey hair, wrinkles and a double chin, using a Zimmer frame to make her way on stage.