She is known for writing the Sex and the City newspaper column that spawned the famous HBO show and movies, which revolved around Manhattan’s dating scene.
And it turns out Candace Bushnell’s, 63, own dating life is just as colorful, as Page Six has reported that the writer is currently dating a 21-year-old model.
The ‘original Carrie Bradshaw’ reportedly met her ‘dark-eyed, tousle-haired boy toy’ at a Fashion Week show in the spring, and according to a source has ‘been taking him everywhere’ since then.
Life imitates art: Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, 63, is reportedly dating a 21-year-old model, though his name is currently unknown; Pictured in 2022
Though the name of her young beau is currently unknown, Bushnell’s friend confirmed that she’s been ‘talking’ to him, while also being pursued by another suitor.
The other contender for Bushnell’s heart is reportedly 91-years-old, though nothing else is known about him either.
Bushnell was previously married to Charles Askegard, 53, the New York City Ballet principal who is ten years her junior.
The two got married in 2002, reportedly only eight weeks after they met. They divorced in 2012.
The ex: Bushnell was previously married to Charles Askegard, 53, the New York City Ballet principal who is ten years her junior; Pictured in 2008
Bushnell spoke about her divorce struggle in an interview with The Guardian, revealing: ‘When I got divorced, I couldn’t get a mortgage; I didn’t fit into a computer model. All of a sudden, I was invited to no more couple things. Being single is hard and there’s something a bit heroic about it.’
The journalist has also dated Penthouse heir and Spin publisher Bob Guccione Jr., 66, Senator Al D’Amato, 84, and model Michael Bergin, 53.
Perhaps most famously she has been linked to powerful publisher Ron Galotti, who was reportedly the inspiration for Mr. Big’s character, played by actor Chris Noth, 67, on the series.
The start: Bushnell started writing her famous column called Sex and the City in 1994. It was later used as the foundation for the popular HBO show and two film adaptations
Bushnell also admitted to previously going on a date with John Corbett, 61 – the actor who played one of Carrie’s more serious love interests, Aidan, on the show.
However, she revealed that she didn’t pursue the relationship because he was simultaneously dating actress Bo Derek, 65, whom he went on to marry.
‘You can’t compete with Bo Derek,’ she stated on the Bradshaw Boys podcast in 2020.
The writer’s new relationship comes after she told People in December of 2021 that she was ‘not dating.’
Mr. Big: She also dated publisher Ron Galotti (center) who was reportedly the inspiration for Mr. Big’s character on the series; L-R Askegard, Bushnell, Galotti and Helen Lee Shifter
‘I’m not in a relationship, and that’s fine. I’m not saying that I won’t in the future, but I think the reality is when you get older, you’re not so worried about it,’ she stated.
Bushnell started writing her famous column called Sex and the City in 1994, after joining The New York Observer in 1993.
The column was based on her own dating experiences, as well as that of her friends, and in 1997 it was published in an anthology of the same name.
It was then used as the foundation for the popular HBO show, which ran from 1998 until 2004, starring Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw, a sex and lifestyles columnist who was Bushnell’s alter ego.
The series was later made into two film adaptations, released in 2008 and 2010, as well as a sequel miniseries, And Just Like That… on HBO Max.
Famous date: Bushnell also admitted to previously going on a date with John Corbett, 61, who played Aidan on the show; Corbett and Sarah Jessica Parker in a still from Sex and The City