TV host not keen on vegetables in the bedroom

Loose Women presenter Carol McGiffin loves sex but endured 7 years of celibacy before meeting up with toyboy fiancé Mark Cassidy 18 months ago.

The 50-year-old – who was married to Chris Evans from 1991 to 1998 – also nearly became the wife of a Greek footballer she calls Bob when she was in her twenties.

‘One night he disappeared to the kitchen and carved a cucumber into a rude shape,’ Carol recalls. ‘I laughed hysterically when I discovered the cucumber was not meant for a salad.

‘Not that I entertained the idea. This hurt Bob’s macho Greek pride – he took offence and disappeared into the night.’

Mark, who is 22 years Carol‘s junior, was a distant admirer before they got together at a Loose Women party and he pushes all the right buttons.

Within an hour we were snogging,’ she recalls. ‘After so long, what a relief to find someone who is genuinely adorable, gorgeous and young – and totally compatible in bed.’

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Oh, Carol! by Carol McGiffin is published by Hodder & Stoughton on 27 May, priced £16.99.