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Published on November 19th, 2013 | by Kelly Rose Bradford


Joan Collins: I stop believing in marriage after every divorce!

If there is one lady who knows a bit about relationships and marriage, it is our very own diva of the stage and screen, Joan Collins.  With FIVE wedding rings having graced her fingers, you would think that she’d be a cynical Sue where love and betrothment were concerned – but no. Blissfully loved up with husband no. five, Percy Gibson (32 years her junior – ‘If he dies, he dies’), our Joanie is obviously quite the old romantic – either that or she loves wedding cake…

Earlier this year she told a publication that there were some very basic rules for keeping a relationship alive, and, specifically there were ‘rules for living with Joan Collins’.

“But I’m sure there are rules for living with anyone,” she added…

This week Joanie has shared some info about her thoughts on marriage after divorce with OK! magazine – and also spilled the beans about a big name who turned her down…  (Downton!) 

You’ve been divorced four times. After any of your relationships did you ever stop believing in marriage?
Yes, after every divorce!

What did your dad think about you getting married again?
I never asked him. I don’t really care what he thought either. There comes a point in a woman’s life when she gets beyond what her father thinks. I respected my father, but he was rather old-fashioned in some of his beliefs.

There was a rumour that you wanted to join the cast of Downton Abbey…
That’s correct. I wanted the part of Lady Cora’s mother.

What happened?
I suggested it to them because I think I look like the actress that plays Lady Cora, but they said no.

It was very brave to say no to you…
Do you think?! I’m not annoyed. You have to be able to take rejection in this business. That show has turned down a lot of big names.


Read the full interview in this week’s OK! magazine, out now.



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Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

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