Quite extraordinary to read that Rich Lister Jimmy Kirkpatrick does not share a bedroom with his beautiful young wife Gilda.
Blonde bombshell Gilda who has studied architecture, is from Iran and was a hairdresser when she met her doting husband in the salon in Auckland mall, St Lukes.
Their age difference of nearly forty years made them an unusual couple but in these modern times of pre nups and post nups and civil unions and mail order everything you would have to marry the cat before anyone got really interested in your nuptials.
Social Auckland was not at all concerned by the age difference of the glamorous couple. 'Would they have friends in common? 'Would they have interests in common?' 'And what about music? GeorgeFM or Classic Hits?' No-one was interested at all in these questions. The love between the happy pair, who are worth about $80 million, was evident for all to see.
Then last weekend, a friend of Gilda's revealed that Gilda and Jimmy do not share a room, and a conversation Gilda had with former PM Jim Bolger was quoted:
Gilda :(nonchalantly) "No I don't sleep with my husband, I sleep with my dogs"
Bolger: (grinning) "You don't sleep with your husband?"
Gilda: "No, We have separate beds. My husband doesn't like the fact that my dogs like to sleep on the bed"
Bolger: (Still grinning) "So where does your husband sleep?"
Gilda: "In his own suite. . . "
Now, not sleeping with your wife is not the male ideal.
On the contrary.
Sharing a bed, many people would argue, is the number one reason men do get married. And as I said above, attitudes to all things matrimonial are quite relaxed these days, so you would indeed have to marry the cat to raise eyebrows.
But sleeping with dogs, just about beats that. If beautiful Gilda won't push her pooches off the bed so she can just roll over and give her hubby a spontaneous cuddle, softhearted people will be inclined to feel sorry for the gentleman.
Very likely though Jimmy is happy with the arrangement and well cuddled by Gilda outside of the bedroom. I do wonder though how happy he will be with the entire country knowing his sleeping arrangements.
What do you think? Should husbands and wives sleep together or is that too twentieth century square? Would YOU sleep with Gilda's dogs? (They are cute and VERY well behaved).
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