Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has told the British press that she hasn’t any plans to start dating, and to stop asking her.
Suu Kyi, a widow, says that she intends to focus instead on creating a peaceful revolution in Burma; but when pressed by journalists from the British tabloids said she obviously couldn’t rule out dating if she met the right man.
She added: “It would, however, still prove a distraction from my mission to bring democracy to my troubled country.”
Marianna Holt, writing in The Daily Mail, said: “Suu Kyi is bound to feel awkward about getting back on the circuit, especially if she’s the type who doesn’t get out much. However, this doesn’t mean she should sacrifice meeting a nice fella just because she wants a career. What’s the point of having a Nobel Peace Prize if you can’t turn up at the awards dinner with a dishy looking man on your arm?”
Polly Neame, Ladies News Correspondent at the Daily Express, said: “I guess she has been meeting a lot of military types, and while its true women love a man in uniform, I think in her case she’ll have found them a bit uptight and overly-protective.
“I’m betting she’s a sophisticated lady with an interest in the arts, outdoor pursuits and interior design. She needs to find a man who likes the same things, like that lovely John Simpson from the BBC. He’s obviously taken a bit of a shine to her, and he could get her interested in other stuff, like politics.”
Suu Kyi has also requested The Daily Star stop phoning on a regular basis to inform her that rugby player and Strictly Come Dancing star Gavin Henson is ready to love again.
“Aung San and Gavin getting together would be absolute dynamite,” said Daily Star Editor Chris Briggs. “Or better still what if she met and she married Jean Claude Van Damme, and became Aung San Van Damme?”
No-one from the British Press Association or Foreign Office was available for comment, but Daybreak host Christine Bleakley said: “Does Burma have a football team? Footballers are nice.”