Robert Peston has revealed women are ‘predatory’ towards him because he’s on TV.
The broadcaster, 58, also admitted he felt ‘desperately guilty’ at first after finding love again with fellow journalist Charlotte Edwardes, 45, following the death of his wife Sian Busby in 2012.
He explained how he was drawn to Charlotte because she was ‘not remotely interested in me as a widower or because of what I do for a living’.
In fact, he described how she ‘didn’t have a f****** clue’ who he was ‘because she was having babies at the height of the financial crisis’.
Robert Peston (pictured with girlfriend Charlotte Edwardes last October) has revealed how women are ‘predatory’ towards him following his wife’s death. He is now in a relationship with fellow journalist Charlotte Edwardes, 45 (left)
Speaking to the Sunday Times Magazine, the ITV political editor revealed how women can be ‘stalky’ because he’s on TV, and due to widower status.
‘Women are predatory towards me,’ he explained. ‘I think there is a stalky thing that happens, and I think women [presenters] talk about it more than men normally, but there is definitely a stalky thing that happens for men as well, and you have to be slightly careful.’
Peston first went public with girlfriend Charlotte, who is Diary Editor at the London Evening Standard, in September last year.
Discussing their relationship, he said: ‘So the interesting thing about Charlotte was that I’m absolutely confident that, of all the women I’ve encountered over the last few years, she is the one who’s not remotely interested in me as a widower or because of what I do for a living.’
Peston, 58, admitted he felt ‘desperately guilty’ at first after finding love again, following the death of his wife Sian Busby (left in 2006) from lung cancer in 2012
The broadcaster, who rose to fame as business editor of the BBC, revealed that Charlotte had no idea about his fame when they met again at a Christmas party, having briefly worked together in the past.
‘He said: You want to be seen for yourself, and the good thing about Charlotte was, weirdly, that because she was having babies at the height of the financial crisis, she didn’t have a f****** clue who I was when we met again.’
Peston revealed new girlfriend Charlotte had no idea about his fame when they met again at a Christmas party, having briefly worked together in the past
However, Peston admitted he felt ‘desperately guilty’, and spokes about the subject at length with a grief counsellor.
The broadcaster has previously spoken about how he thought he might ‘never find love again’ after his wife Siân died from lung cancer at the age of 51 in 2012.
Speaking candidly about her death in an interview with the Mail On Sunday, he said: ‘She died in my arms – it was by far and away the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.
‘But there was no question in my mind that one had to get on, particularly since [the couple’s son] Max was just 15.’
Peston also has a stepson Simon, from his marriage to writer Sian.
The couple were married for 14 years before her death from lung cancer.