Jane Fonda doesn't 'want to be in a sexual relationship' ever again

Jane Fonda, 83, says she doesn’t ‘want to be in a sexual relationship’ ever again – but admits she ‘fantasizes’ about younger men because she is ‘vain’ and has ‘a thing about skin’

  • The 83-year-old actress covers the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar, making her the magazine’s oldest cover star in its 153-year history
  • She said she has a fantasy about meeting ‘a professor or a researcher’ but ‘would want a younger man, admitting, ‘I’m too vain’
  • Jane says she has learned that she’s ‘not really capable’ of intimacy and ‘would have run away scared’ if it was demanded of her in the past
  • The actress has been married three times; she wed French film director Roger Vadim in 1965, activist Tom Hayden in 1973, and CNN founder Ted Turner in 1991
  • Of her third ex-husband Ted, to whom she was married from 1991 to 2001, she said she learned to hunt and fly-fish to please him
  • She said: ‘I’m attracted to people who can teach me things and whose lives are different from mine, and so I give myself over to that’

Jane Fonda stuns in a figure-hugging Ralph Lauren Collection on the cover of the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar, but despite her undeniable sex appeal, the 83-year-old says she has no desire to be in another sexual relationship.

‘I don’t want to be in a relationship, a sexual relationship, again. I don’t have that desire,’ she told the magazine.

Yet Jane, who had three long-lasting marriages from the ’60s through the ’00s, did share her fantasy about meeting a younger man — a professor type — but admitted that she doesn’t think she is capable of intimacy.

Glam! Jane Fonda stuns in a figure-hugging Ralph Lauren Collection on the cover of the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar

Va-va-voom! Despite her undeniable sex appeal, the 83-year-old says she has no desire to be in another sexual relationship

‘I don’t want to be in a relationship, a sexual relationship, again. I don’t have that desire,’ she said

Though the Academy Award winner — who this month became the oldest Harper’s Bazaar cover star in the magazine’s 153-year history — asserted that she doesn’t want to be in another sexual relationship, she admitted that that doesn’t mean she doesn’t think about it.

‘Do I fantasize? Yes, here’s my fantasy. I’ll just put it out there. That I meet a professor or a researcher, somebody in that line who is really capable of loving, of cherishing a woman, so that I could test myself and see if I could show up,’ she said. 

‘I think maybe now I could, but the problem is that, like a man, I would want a younger man. Isn’t that awful? It’s a thing about skin. I would want a younger man, and I’m too vain.’

On ‘showing up,’ Jane said that one of the ‘painful’ things she has learned about herself as she has grown older is that she is ‘not really capable’ of intimacy. 

‘It’s not them. It’s me. If a guy had come along and said, “Come on, Fonda, show up,” I would have run away scared,’ she reflected. 

‘I was attracted to men who never would have done that to me because they couldn’t necessarily show up themselves. I didn’t know that at the time, but now I know. I don’t think I can do anything about it now, but that’s the truth, as Lily [Tomlin] would say. That’s the truth.’

Jane has had a series of longterm relationships in her life, starting with her marriage to French film director Roger Vadim, whom she started dating in 1963. They were married from 1965 to 1973 and share daughter Vanessa Vadim, 52.

She was married to activist Tom Hayden from 1973 to 1990, with whom she shares son Troy Garity, 47. The pair also adopted Mary Williams, 53.

​From 1991 to 2001 she was married to CNN founder Ted Turner, and from 2009 to 2017 she was in a relationship with record producer Richard Perry. 

‘Part of the reason I get into a relationship with a man is because I feel that he can take me down a new path,’ Jane, who recently accepted the Cecil B. de Mille Award at the Golden Globes, said. 

‘I’m attracted to people who can teach me things and whose lives are different from mine, and so I give myself over to that. 

‘First of all, I want to please him. That’s a problem. When I married Ted — I mean, marrying Ted is like marrying 15 people — you have to learn how to hunt, so I did. You have to learn how to fly-fish, so I did. He liked me to dress sexy, so I did. And so forth. 

‘I wanted to. Why be with Ted Turner if you’re not going to allow yourself to be absorbed in his reality and learn from it? And I’m glad I did.’ 

‘Part of the reason I get into a relationship with a man is because I feel that he can take me down a new path,’ Jane said

‘When I married Ted [Turner],’ she said, ‘you have to learn how to hunt, so I did. You have to learn how to fly-fish, so I did. He liked me to dress sexy, so I did. And so forth’

Speaking up: Jane also discussed her activism, explaining how her definition of ‘power’ changed after going to North Vietnam in 1972 (pictured at a climate change protest in 2019)

Jane’s interview also covered her political activism, with the actress explaining how her definition of ‘power’ changed after going to North Vietnam in 1972. 

‘Going to a country that was not industrialized, where most of the people were peasants and fishermen and -women. They didn’t even have heavy equipment to fill in bomb holes and stuff, and we couldn’t defeat them,’ she said.

‘That taught me that power has to come from inside. It has to come from knowing who you are, why you’re on earth, what is the meaning of your life. That’s power.

‘And it helped me understand what to do with my third act, because third acts are scary. It’s not the getting old part. It’s the finiteness of third acts.’

As for what’s next, she spoke about holding President Biden accountable for what he promised to do in office. 

‘People of color and young people put him in office. There’s no question. And he made promises. So we have to hold his feet to the fire and make sure that he follows through,’ she said.

Though she said that ‘so far it’s looking good,’ there is still some ‘pushing’ to be done, citing how Biden delivered on his campaign promise to revoke the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline but did not commit to a ‘just transition’ so that ‘all those workers are not going to be floating around without a job?’

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