‘I would want a younger man’: Jane Fonda shares her ‘truthful’ outlook on dating

Jane Fonda is coming to terms with never being in a relationship again, but she still has some fantasies of her ideal man.  

The legendary actress and activist talked with Harper’s Bazaar in an interview published Thursday about her “truthful” 83-year-old outlook on intimate relationships and what she includes in her personal fantasies.

“I don’t want to be in a relationship, a sexual relationship, again. I don’t have that desire. Do I fantasize? Yes, here’s my fantasy. I’ll just put it out there,” Fonda said. “But the problem is that, like a man, I would want a younger man. Isn’t that awful? It’s a thing about skin. I would want a younger man, and I’m too vain.”

Jane Fonda for the April cover of Harper's Bazaar. (Photo: MARIO SORRENTI, MARIO SORRENTI)

The “Georgia Rule” actress has been married and divorced three times. Her most recent marriage was to billionaire Ted Turner, from whom she split in 2001. Though it didn’t last, Fonda said she still learned from that relationship. 

“I’m attracted to people who can teach me things and whose lives are different from mine, and so I give myself over to that. First of all, I want to please him. That’s a problem,” Fonda said. “When I married Ted — I mean, marrying Ted is like marrying 15 people — you have to learn how to hunt, so I did. You have to learn how to fly-fish, so I did.”

Fonda said she has come to the “painful” conclusion she may be to blame for her own relationship status: “Okay. I’ll be truthful. One of the painful things that I’ve realized by 80 — I don’t even know how old I am — 83, and single now. What I’ve had to really think about is that I’m not really capable (of intimacy).

“It’s not them. It’s me. If a guy had come along and said, ‘Come on, Fonda, show up,’ I would have run away scared,” she added. 

Jane Fonda accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award in a cream suit and silver block heels. (Photo: Christopher Polk/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Jane Fonda calls for diversity in powerful Golden Globes speech, shares cute unseen moment

Fonda has a reputation for being candid and self-aware. During February’s Golden Globes awards the Cecil B. DeMille Award winner used her acceptance speech to call attention to the glaring inclusion inequalities that still plague her industry. 

 “Let all of us make an effort to expand that tent so everyone rises and everyone’s story has a chance to be seen and heard,” Fonda said. “Art has always been not just in step with history, but has led the way, so let’s be leaders.”

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