Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Leona Lewis: It's OK to date younger guys

Leona Lewis

Leona Lewis has defended women who go out with younger men.

The British singer doesn't understand why so-called 'cougars' receive so much criticism, when most men are applauded for the same set-up.

Earlier this year, the 27-year-old Trouble star was linked to One Direction hunk Liam Payne, who is eight years her junior.

"We're just friends, we've got the same management. He's really sweet," she explained while dismissing speculation about their relationship in a new interview with the UK edition of Marie Claire. "There's nothing to talk about because we're not together, but it's weird how it's OK for men but for women it's like, 'What are you doing?' Why don't we try and empower each a bit more rather than nit-picking. It's great for women to go out with younger men."

Leona added that she has had to learn to embrace spending time on her own.

The star split from her dancer boyfriend Dennis Jauch in September after two years together.

"I definitely like being in a relationship but being single right now has taught me a lot - it doesn't matter who's in your life as long as you're good with yourself and can be alone," she revealed. "I found living alone really daunting at first."

Earlier this month rumours surfaced that Leona and Dennis may have rekindled their romance after they were spotted holding hands in London.

© Cover Media

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Virgo:

Try not to dwell on a recent disappointment. The sooner you recover from this setback, the faster you will achieve success. Model your behaviour after an artist you've always respected. Overcoming adversity will win the admiration of a powerful executive. If you continue to work towards your goal, you will be offered an impressive job. Getting handsomely rewarded for your communication skills will be gratifying. When one door closes, another will usually open.More