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'I'm not single any more.. I'm in love with a fantastic man & I'm desperate to marry again before I turn 50' HOUSEWIVES STAR TERI OPENS HER HEART ON NEW BOYFRIEND.

Byline: By PAUL MARTIN

TERI Hatcher has confessed she wants to put an end to her desperate love life - and tie the knot before she's too old.

The sexy star, who turned 42 last month, has just found love with Stephen Kay - ending years in the relationship wasteland.

In a revealing interview, Teri, who plays Desperate Housewives sex bomb Susan Mayer, confessed: "I don't want to be 50 and single. I want to have another shot at marriage at some time in my life.

"It's all about finding the right guy and making things work. I don't think that any woman wants to be lonely and unmarried in her old age."

Teri has been linked to a series of lovers in recent years and hit the headlines when she was photographed cuddling American Idol presenter Ryan Seacrest on a beach.

But she insisted they only enjoyed a brief fling and quickly lost contact.

She's also been linked with A-list actor George Clooney after they were spotted enjoying a romantic dinner in Hollywood.

But Teri finally seems to have found true love after she was photographed enjoying a day at the beach with new man Kay.

She even publicly announced her romance joy on the red carpet at the Golden Globes this week. She revealed: "I am not single anymore - I'm in love with a fantastic man."

Twice-divorced Teri knows there will be a big bounty for pictures and stories surrounding her relationship.

She added: "It's just irritating. I don't flaunt it but I'm not secretive. When there is nothing interesting happening it compels people to make up something.

"It's mainly about weight and dating when none of those stories have actually been true in the past."

But she said it's impossible to dodge the media glare, adding: "I think I live a pretty off the radar kind of life but there must be a gizillion dollars waiting out there for the shot of me with some guy because just when I think they are not hiding in my bushes they show up again.

"You learn to deal with it after a while but sometimes it can make you crazy.

"Sometimes you just want to go to the shop and do normal things without people sticking a camera in your face. But I'm not one for moaning about these things all the time."

Teri confessed she has a few things in common with her screen character.

"I'm not similar to Susan in terms of parenting, organising or business skills," she explained.

"I owned my own home when I was 20. I'm kind of a workaholic and a great cook.

"What we have in common, I think to my own detriment, is the insecurity and the vulnerability. And that comes down to the men thing again really.

"I think what makes Susan so appealing as a character is that she's loveable and warm. People take advantage of her but the viewer likes that and sympathises with her.

"She's an interesting character to play because Susan tends to get trodden over by guys and they take advantage of her."

Despite her huge success, fame and wealth, Teri's biggest challenge is raising her nine-year-old daughter Emerson.

She said: "I've been really clear that my priority in life is being a mum and I have enough difficulty balancing doing the show for 10-and-a-half months. IWANT to be doing homework and making dinner and I understand that I have to provide for my family.

"I think that's a fairly common struggle for women. Our guilt about motherhood and having to feel we've got to work is constant.

"But at the same time I'm pleased that I can go out and work hard and show you can be a single mum and succeed in the world.

"I would hope that when Emerson grows up she will have the confidence to reach for the stars.

"But I would never put a work schedule before being with my child. I only get about seven weeks off so shooting a movie is not on my agenda.

"I love doing films but not more than I like being my daughter's mother."

showbiz@irishmirror.ie

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FLING: Kissing Ryan Seacrest' DATE: With George Clooney' CHARACTER: As Susan on show' HAPPY Teri and Stephen Kay at Golden Globes this week
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