Katie Couric Is Fed Up with the Cougar Thing

Katie Couric and Brooks Perlin (Getty Images)

Katie Couric doesn't mind getting serious with a man 17 years younger, but she's getting tired of the whole "cougar" label that comes along with it. Couric, who looks amazing in the new issue of Harper's Bazaar, told the magazine her thoughts on the new catchphrase.

Katie Couric in Harper's Bazaar. (From harpersbazaar.com)
"I just find it stupid, you know? I think it also surmises that the older woman is always the pursuer," Couric said. "That's not necessarily true. I always say that maybe the older woman is the prey and someone else is the predator. It's just silly."

Couric, who is almost 53, started seeing eco-preneur Brooks Perlin about three years ago when he was only 32. Couric insists the age difference hasn't affected the relationship. "Except for, um, you know, he's never been married and he doesn't have children."

Couric has two teenage daughters from her previous marriage to Jay Monahan, an attorney and news legal analyst who died of colon cancer 12 years ago at the age of 42. She admits that being a single mother after his death had its trying moments. While she and Perlin have been photographed on the red carpet together, it hasn't moved toward marriage or engagement. From Harper's Bazaar :
"There are times, quite frankly, when as a single mom, you feel very alone," she says. "Ellie was sick after Thanksgiving with a virus and strep. She had a 105 fever, and it was really terrifying. I was running around looking for a thermometer in my building at 11:30 at night, and I was getting a fan, and my doctor said, 'You should put her in a tepid bath,' and she was all bundled up, and her temperature wasn't going down, and she was shaking because she was so cold." Her voice starts to crack. "In times like that, I just profoundly miss ..." She can't finish. Having a partner? "Yeah."
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  • Katie Couric in 7th Annual Giants Of Broadcasting Awards Ceremony
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