Ulrika Jonsson has claimed that her fling with former England football manager Sven-Göran Eriksson was as about ‘as exciting as building an IKEA bookcase’.
The TV presenter, 53, spoke about her romance with Sven, 72, during a recent column in The Sun, where she shared her hope of finding a toy boy lover.
Discussing her search for love following her split from German hotel owner Markus Kempen in 2000, she said: ‘I carried on my pursuit for love, pausing briefly for a fumble under the covers with a nearly 60-year-old, Sven-Göran Eriksson.’
Opinion: Ulrika Jonsson has claimed that her fling with former England football manager Sven-Göran Eriksson was as about ‘as exciting as building an IKEA bookcase’
‘Remember him, the former England football manager?
‘Yes, I am also trying to forget it because sex was about as exciting as assembling an IKEA bookcase, which is what makes my argument for a younger man inescapably convincing.’
Elsewhere during the column, Ulrika admitted she would love to date a toy boy and believes she ‘God’s gift to younger men’ because she is only after ‘good food and sex’.
Unimpressed? The TV presenter, 53, spoke about her romance with Sven, 72, pictured in 2000, during a recent column in The Sun , where she shared her hope of finding a toy boy lover
The TV personality admitted she would be happy to date anyone over the age of 21, but worries what her children would make of the decision.
Ulrika even hinted that she has recently enjoyed an age-gap with someone 21 years her junior, which she confessed was ‘enormously exciting for an old bird’.
The presenter enjoyed a brief romance with Sven for four months, who was dating lawyer Nancy Dell’Olio at the time.
It came after she dated a 22-year-old for 18 months following her split from Mark, who she shares her eldest daughter Bo, 21, with.
Reports: The presenter enjoyed a brief romance with Sven for four months, who was dating lawyer Nancy Dell’Olio at the time (Nancy and Sven pictured in the 1990s)
Ulrika is also mother to Cameron, 26, with her first husband John Turnball, and welcomed daughter Martha, 16, with ex-husband Lance Gerrard-Wright and had her fourth child, Malcolm, 12, with Brian Monet.
Ulrika and Sven stunned the sport and showbiz world when she confirmed widely-publicised reports of an affair between the duo while he was dating Nancy.
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.
Ulrika recently hit back at people who use the term ‘4×4 mum’ as she defended Stacey Solomon after a cruel troll criticised her family set-up.
Family: Ulrika recently defended having four children by four different men and defended Stacey Solomon after she was called a ‘3×3 mum’ by a cruel troll
She told how she was happy to read that Stacey, 31, whose three sons all have different fathers, defended herself when an internet user questioned her home life.
Writing in her column for The Sun earlier this month, Ulrika, who has four children with four former partners, told how she has been called a ‘4×4 mum’ numerous times over the years, saying it is term used to shame women.
She wrote: ‘For me, it wasn’t just about the humour of it. It was meant to injure. To hurt and, above all, to shame a woman. I didn’t particularly want to be associated with the label because I felt no sense of shame. At all.
‘My simple history was made to look and seem complicated by the fact that my life had worked out differently to normal expectations — to the “norm”.;
Support: The TV presenter told how she was happy to read that Stacey, 31, whose three sons all have different fathers, defended herself when an internet user questioned her home life.
She added: ‘The simple truth — which applies to both me and Stacey — is that we are good, caring mothers. We chose to have our children — we longed for them, regardless of the circumstances of their creation.’
Ulrika recalled how hurt she felt when, 12 years ago, she watched an episode of Loose Women where one of the panellists, who she did not name, said: ‘It must be like Euston Station at her house with all the kids coming and going.’
The presenter admitted the comment ‘burned’ but she was defended by then panellist Jane McDonald.
Ulrika said she was always maternal and does not look at the end of any of her relationships as failures, noting she still co-parents Malcolm with Brian.
Recalling other hurtful comments from the past, Ulrika told how Jack Whitehall made a ‘4×4’ jibe at her after she won Celebrity Big Brother in 2009.
Family: Ulrika is mother to daughter Martha, 16, from her marriage to Lance Gerrard-Wright (pictured with ex-husband Brian Monet in 2012)
Ulrika said she realised at the time the term would be her ‘mantle’ and felt it was ‘bleak’ to think her career achievements had amounted to that.
The broadcaster added that the term ‘4×4’ is used to imply a woman is promiscuous but Ulrika insisted all of her children were planned and deeply wanted.
Ulrika also noted there is far less stigma directed towards men who have children with multiple women.
Relationship: Ulrika and Lace were married from 2003 to 2006 (pictured together in 2003)
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