Patricia Altschul, 78, has gotten some, ummmm, unexpected exposure to the modern dating world. The Southern Charm matriarch told the New York Times that her younger friends were trying to explain to her what a "dick pic" is, but she was already well aware.
“As it turned out, I was the only one getting them out of the group,” Altschul admitted. “I was impressed, too, when I heard they didn’t get any. They said, ‘Are they old men?’ And I said, ‘No, some of them are, like, 19 years old.’”
Of course, Patricia has had a storied romance history of her own that includes three marriages. She had her only child, son Whitney Sudler-Smith, with her first husband Lon Smith, and then went on to marry Psychiatric Institutes of America founder Edward Stitt Fleming. According to the NYT, she traveled with her second husband via yacht for a year and a half and split with him shortly after. Her third husband, New York investment banker and philanthropist Arthur Altschul, died in 2002.
"[Things are] very, very stable. Nothing new to report. Yes [we are still together]. I'm not going to rush into anything. I'm busy and so is he," she told The Daily Dish in May. "So everything is copacetic."
When it comes to dating, Patricia told the NYT, “I don’t know if I’m ready to settle down just yet,” but she has some advice she picked up from childhood, when her mother left her first husband after four months of marriage.
“He was controlling, and she told me that he raised his voice to her,” she recalled. “That was it. Out the door. I tell these young girls who put up with stuff: My mother always said to me, ‘This man raised his voice to me and that was it.’”
Women spend too much time being worried about their appearance instead of their date, she said.
“He should be proving himself to her,” she asserted. “Her main concern should be, ‘Is he good enough for me?’”
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