Leading matchmaker reveals the Bridget Jones phenomenon made her job impossible.
Figures released today show only 1 in 3 women over 35 will find love.
Just over a week before the release of Helen Fielding’s ‘Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy’ new statistics reveal that two out of three professional women who are 35 and single, will never find love. And even if they do. He won’t be Mark Darcy. In fact, he’s more likely to be a 5’8″ IT consultant than a 6’2″ Human Rights Barrister.
The data was personally compiled by leading matchmaker-turned author Haley Hill, who founded the UK’s biggest matchmaking agency, Elect Club.
Over a six year period, Haley collated information personally interviewing and following the relationships of over 12,000 single people aged 25-50, living in cities around the UK.
35 year-old Haley, a real life Bridget Jones, set up her dating agency because she was experiencing first hand the challenges professional women face when dating. She says that most women in their thirties wanted a Mark Darcy clone when in reality the Mark Darcy’s of the world would prefer to date girls in their twenties instead.
“You wouldn’t believe the amount of single women in their thirties I met who expected to date a 6’2’’ human rights barrister”, she says. “It was as though Bridget Jones had given us a false hope. We could continue to be neurotic, overweight and borderline alcoholic and still be cherished by a perfect man. That was a lie,” Haley explained. “In the real world Bridget Jones is average. And she would settle down with an average man. Not Mark Darcy. Or even Daniel Cleaver for that matter.”
“Women have been conditioned to strive for a perfect relationship with a perfect man, who looks perfect and behaves perfectly at all times- the irony being that none of us are perfect ourselves. The longer the ‘must have’ list, the more likely it is that we’ll either need to compromise or end up frustrated and alone for longer”.
Haley’s debut novel: “It’s Got to Be Perfect: the memoirs of a modern-day matchmaker” was released this week and went straight in at number 3 in Amazon bestsellers list in its genre.
The book encapsulates everything Haley has learned about dating, relationships and our unfaltering pursuit of idealised love. Something, so far, Bridget Jones has done nothing to remedy.