I can still be that party girl again, but I love that there is a wild, ethereal part of me as well. I love that I can cycle to another city at a moment’s notice
Helen Croydon is a best-selling author, journalist and broadcaster, with a focus on social trends, modern relationships, gender equality, consumer investigations and health and fitness. Her latest book, This Girl Ran: Tales of a Party Girl Turned Triathlete is out in February 2018 (Summersdale). Her other books include the dating memoir Sugar Daddy Diaries: When a Fantasy Became an Obsession, which made a best-seller list in 2011, and Screw The Fairytale: A Modern Guide to Sex and Love, which is a witty polemic looking at whether life-long relationships are compatible with modern life. She’s written for almost all national newspapers and several magazines. She’s a lively commentator on current and social affairs for TV and radio. You may have seen her reviewing the papers on Sky News or the BBC News Channel. Or on Newsnight, This Morning, GMB, BBC Breakfast, Woman’s Hour and more to debate topical issues. She is also a freelance producer at ITV News. When she's not doing all that she's an avid triathlete and has competed for GB in Age-group World Champs.
When I've found myself subjected to a boyfriend's sinus acrobatics in stereo, I've taken my slumber elsewhere. I prefer to start my working day without looking like I've gone two rounds with Muhammed Ali.
24/11/2014 14:23 GMT
I'm not saying it isn't a wonderful happy ending: falling passionately in love with someone for the rest of your life, someone who'll forever support you and of whom you'll never tire. But it's the journey which appeals to our imagination, not the destination. The fact 39 per cent of marriages end in divorce provides further evidence for that.
14/02/2014 12:51 GMT
When scientists announced this week that the male contraceptive pill is a step closer to being developed my first thought was 'It took them 52 years since the female pill to get this far.'
04/12/2013 17:03 GMT
Teenage sweethearts who mate for life are becoming extinct, or so says a new study. Commentators have been quick to jump on this as more evidence of our restless commitment adverse culture or the demise of the nuclear family. But is it any wonder that people of marrying age today are apprehensive?
26/07/2013 17:29 BST
In an era where every smart phone offers something to read or play or listen to, is hanging on for someone for ten minutes really so devastating? As anyone who has ever entertained will know, one thing much ruder than being a little late, is a guest who turns up early.
06/03/2013 13:30 GMT
Our High Street this week, I have to say, is a shame to us all. It's gone a trashy shade of red. The colour pollution of Valentine's paraphernalia started four weeks ago. Four! Barely had the dregs of the January sales rails been relegated further into bargain bins when Clinton's was transposed into a sea of red.
12/02/2013 22:40 GMT
It was a relief for me that the Commons voted so strongly in favour of gay marriage - not because I'd like to marry a woman - but for peace of mind that our politicians have not been time warped along with Richard III. The so-called traditionalists, who claimed that allowing gay marriage would alter centuries of marital custom, don't know what they are talking about. The form and purpose of marriage is constantly being reinvented.
06/02/2013 17:42 GMT
When did we become so child worshipping? My friends who are parents don't care so much for buying presents for each other, but buy presents for each other's children instead. More bright plastic objects that will get thrown in a corner, lost or outgrown within months.
29/12/2012 21:10 GMT
With a penchant for Dior clothes, vertiginous heels and expensive jewels it's easy to see why the colourful love life of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachida-dati/" target="_hplink">Rachida Dati</a>, 47, the former French Justice Minister, has attracted the world's media.
10/12/2012 14:14 GMT
We should leave young people to stumble though their own individual paths of sexual discovery. This particular gateway to adulthood is the most exciting of all. Safe sex education is one thing, spelling out preferences, defining fantasies and dictating appropriate reactions is short of social engineering... There has always been a demand - and therefore a supply - of eroticised images. From explicit Egyptian cave drawings and carvings, to top shelf magazines, people - mostly men - have perpetuated a fascination in the physical sexualised female form.
28/10/2012 18:29 GMT
In the 1950s married couples represented 85% of all households in the UK. Last year this figure was 67%. The number of 'married' and 'never married' women is predicted to be equal by 2031.
23/09/2012 21:14 BST
Now, more than at any other time, we need to adopt a more flexible approach to coupledom. Yet as the world allows for increasingly autonomous lifestyles, we tighten the reins on our spouses.
29/08/2012 22:54 BST
Last week a new book, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Are-We-Getting-Smarter-Twenty-First/dp/1107028094" target="_hplink"><em>Are We Getting Smarter</em></a> claimed that, amongst other things, women are acquiring brains faster than guys.
05/08/2012 17:14 BST
Some manners at last. Texting is far more polite than calling.
18/07/2012 16:55 BST
I've found that many bar-stool social commentators on the annoyance of the female grunt are men. Ha, the audacity! The male species complaining about the vociferous nature of women? That's like Bob Diamond complaining about interest rates or Jimmy Carr complaining about the tax system.
10/07/2012 17:14 BST
It's an odd sight for a Sunday night - a sea of women in cocktail dresses and vertiginous heels sipping champagne in a boutique hotel bar dipping marshmallows into a chocolate fountain.
28/05/2012 17:24 BST
This week I was interviewing long-term happy bachelors for a women's magazine on the rise of singledom. When I say long-term, I mean willingly long-term. Not the spluttering, nervous, perspiring ones who hang around speed dating events desperate to find a girlfriend.
11/05/2012 22:30 BST
I was drawn to <a href="http://sugardaddie.com/" target="_hplink">sugardaddie.com</a> because I wanted to meet someone older, wiser, more distinguished. I had no idea that a sub-culture existed where men offered shopping allowances, gifts and in some cases cash in return for the luxury of a non-demanding girlfriend.
26/04/2012 22:12 BST