She’s currently starring in the new series of Celebs Go Dating.
But Ulrika Jonsson isn’t hoping to find love on the E4 dating show as she declared that she’s not looking to ‘settle down’ in a new interview.
Instead, the mum-of-four, 54, is hoping to have the fun she missed out on in her 20s and 30s, as she cheekily remarked: ‘A good date is one that ends in sex.’
‘A good date is one that ends in sex’: Ulrika Jonsson isn’t hoping to find love on Celebs Go Dating as she declared that she’s not looking to ‘settle down’ in a new interview
The TV personality began her career in the late 80s, before marrying at 23 and going on to have the first of her four children at 27.
And after sacrificing the fun she might have had in her 20s and 30s, Ulrika is now keen to make up for lost time as she throws herself into dating life.
Speaking to The Sun, she said: ‘Everyone was having fun in their 20s and 30s. I wasn’t. I had a career. I married at 23. Had first child at 27. For me life was about family and career. I am doing all the fun s*** now. For me, I guess it is the way life is meant to be.’
Ulrika then added: ‘A good date is what? One that ends in sex? That is why people are hooking up. Let’s not pretend.’
Making up for lost time: Instead, the mum-of-four, 54, is hoping to have the fun she missed out on in her 20s and 30s, as she cheekily remarked: ‘A good date is one that ends in sex’ (pictured age 28 in 1995)
The former Gladiators host has been married three times in the past and has had a string of high-profile relationships over the years, however, she’s certainly not looking to find ‘the one’ again.
She went on: ‘I was always previously looking for The One. I am not any more. I don’t need anyone. I am really happy in my own company. And I also – I am not into settling down. I’ve done all that. I want to do all the best bits. All the stuff I didn’t do in my 20s and 30s.’
Despite her fame and stunning looks, Ulrika only went on her first date less than a year ago, with the star sating she finds it difficult to meet men because of the secluded location she lives in, while exclusive dating app Raya was ‘full of w******’.
Family life: The TV personality began her career in the late 80s, before marrying at 23 and going on to have the first of her four children at 27 (pictured with Malcolm, 13, Martha, 17, Cameron, 27, and Bo, 21)
Candid: ‘A good date is what? One that ends in sex? That is why people are hooking up. Let’s not pretend’
So it was little wonder she recruited the help of Celebs Go Dating romance gurus Anna Williamson and Paul C Brunson, with Ulrika noting that her four kids also encouraged her to sign up.
She told how her time on the show made her make ‘massive changes’ and she’ll be ‘brutally f***ing honest’ on dating apps going forward, quipping if dates ‘can’t take it mate, that’s it’.
However, her first date didn’t go to plans as viewers were left shocked after her companion Tal gave her some harsh criticism on Tuesday night’s show, with viewers saying she had a ‘lucky escape’.
Tal rated the star a six out of 10 following their meeting and took the opportunity to offer some advice to Ulrika, telling her: ‘I would also say, constructively, a date, ultimately, should be fun. If you’re not having fun opposite the person that you’re talking to, don’t do it. Get up and leave.
Her time: ‘I was always previously looking for The One. I am not any more. I don’t need anyone. I am really happy in my own company. And I also – I am not into settling down. I’ve done all that’
‘You didn’t get up and leave, so I think you had some fun. If you were to get a seven, you’d have to work a little harder. But I make everybody work harder for a seven.’
A surprised Anna said: ‘Ulrika, that was big feedback. Would you like to respond to that, how’ve you taken that on board?’
Struggling to get her words out, Ulrika replied: ‘I think some of that was really… useful.
‘I felt you arrived very much with a pre-conceived idea of how my life looked and who I was – and that didn’t go down too well with me, because I wanted you to come and learn about me, from me. Not from what you thought you knew about me.’
A baffled Tal simply replied: ‘Fair enough.’
It comes after Ulrika revealed she was set up with men as young as 26 on the programme.
The star divulged she’s found it ‘refreshing’ dating younger men because they don’t know who she is.
Surprise: Her first date didn’t go to plans as viewers were left shocked after her companion Tal gave her some harsh criticism on Tuesday night’s show, with viewers saying she had a ‘lucky escape’
Brutal: Tal (pictured) said: ‘You didn’t get up and leave, so I think you had some fun. If you were to get a seven, you’d have to work a little harder. But I make everybody work harder for a seven’
The star was quizzed on Loose Women last week about her love life while promoting the dating series.
The Sweden-born TV star began by explaining that while her three ex-husbands were her age, her recent dates have been up to 28 years her junior, the youngest admirer only 26.
She admitted: ‘Recent ones, I’ve only really had dates, I guess, I’ve not had a relationship with anybody – but the dates have been a little younger, yes.
‘They didn’t know I was Ulrika Jonsson, which was great.’
She added thoughtfully: ‘That’s the dream, to have someone just take you for who you are. I guess the youngest was 26. So yeah 26, 30 ish.’
Honest: It comes after Ulrika divulged that she’s found it ‘refreshing’ dating younger men because they don’t know who she is
Ulrika has been single since her 2019 divorce from third husband Brian Monet after the pair parted ways after ten years together. They have one son, Malcolm, 13.
Her first marriage to cameraman John Turnbull was in 1990 and they have a son, Cameron, 27.
The presenter’s second marriage in 2003 was to Lance Gerrard-Wright who, at the time, was a contestant on her TV show Mr Right. They share a daughter, Martha, 17.
The mother-of-four also has a daughter, Bo, 21, with ex-boyfriend hotelier, Marcus Kempen, who she separated from in 2000 after two years.
Forming the stellar line-up for this year’s Celebs Go Dating include: Singer and rapper Abz Love, TOWIE starlet Chloe Brockett, Married At First Sight’s Nikita Jasmine and Jessika Power, reality star Marty McKenna, Made In Chelsea charmer Miles Nazaire and The Apprentice contestant Ryan-Mark Parsons.
Ulrika’s lost loves: Through the ages
1990 – John Turnbull
Ulrika’s first marriage was to cameraman John, however things ended in tears after five years when she cheated on him. She blamed her actions on her ages, as she previously said: ‘I was so young. I didn’t know myself. I did some not very nice things. I was unfaithful, which is more than not nice’.
1996 – Hunter
Shortly after her divorce, Ulrika sought comfort in the arms of Gladiator’s star James Crossley, after meeting while she acted as host on the show. After their romance, she said: ‘Well, I guess I was infatuated with James. It was a physical thing. And what a nice man he turned out to be’ – as she referenced him selling stories about their romance to the papers.
1998 – Stan Collymore
Ulrika dated former footballer Stan for a year however their relationship was marred with controversy when she was a victim of domestic abuse.
2000 – Markus Kempen
German hotel boss Markus Kempen was her next love and the father of her daughter Bo, now 18. Just days after Bo was born in November 2000, the businessman told his girlfriend that he was leaving the UK to find work abroad – Ulrika hadn’t even taken their child home from the hospital by then.
2002 – Lance Gerrard-Wright
Husband number two Lance was supposed to be the prize for the female contestants on Mr Right, a 2002 TV dating show she presented. They married in 2003. She had their daughter Martha in 2004 and they separated in 2005.
2002 – Sven-Göran Eriksson
Ulrika and the football manager stunned the sport and showbiz world when she confirmed widely-publcised reports of an affair between the duo while he was dating Nancy Dell’Olio. As a result of the affair she was given a column in The News Of The World in 2003 where she would frequently comment on his private life. She was dropped in 2007 after he left as England manager.
2007 – Brian Monet
Ulrika and Brian tied the knot in 2008 and share one son, Malcolm, 10. They began their relationship in 2006. In 2014, Brian also adopted her daughter Bo, now 18, from the presenter’s relationship with German hotel boss Markus