Dating men 2 years younger

*Editor’s note: Names of some of the interviewees have been changed for privacy.

Annette Wheeler* didn’t recall the exact moment she first heard the term “cougar,” but she did remember dashing to her computer to look it up.

Her latest beau is model Kevin Sampaio, who at 31 is 27 years younger than the singer.

Sampaio was in her music video for “Bitch I’m Madonna” where they shared a kiss.

And while there’s still a negative connotation attached to the term, women in Hollywood have long been unafraid to break convention.

To her shock and bemusement, there was a new term to describe what she had been doing most of her life — dating younger men.

Wheeler, a fiery redhead who lives outside Baltimore, leaned back in her chair and sighed. “I liked younger guys even when I was in high school — like a year or two younger.

She never analyzed her attraction to younger men (or their attraction to her), but with “cougar” an increasingly popular term used to describe older women dating much younger men, her longtime preference is suddenly in the spotlight.

For Wheeler and other women like her, younger men — many of them 15 years or more their juniors — are a natural fit.

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