The dating scene can be rough out there—yep, even if you're a beautiful, accomplished, world-class journalist like Katie Couric.
In the new issue of More magazine, the talk-show host, who lost husband Jay Monahan to cancer 15 years ago, reveals that she had her fair share of iffy dates when she decided to jump back into the singles scene.
"I have had dates where we didn't click," she tells the magazine—and she's got the anecdotes to back that up.
"I once went out with a heart-transplant surgeon who talked about valves the whole night," she recalls. "But I appreciate that it's not easy to go out on a date with someone like me."
Couric, 56, also admits that "when you get to my age, everyone is a bit wounded. So I think it's important to handle people with care…Everyone has a lot of baggage. It's just, can you fit it into the overhead bin?"
Still, Couric, who's been linked to investment banker John Molner since the two reportedly began dating early last year, says she remains surprised that she still hasn't remarried since Monahan's death in 1998.
"I think life is more fun when you have someone in your life," she says. "And I always wanted a father figure for my daughters"—Ellie, 21, and Carrie, 17—"but it hasn't worked out that way. I've had long-term relationships, but they haven't turned into lifelong partners."
Couric also opened up to the mag about her battle with bulimia, having spoken about it publicly for the first time last fall on her talk show with guest Demi Lovato, who has also struggled with an eating disorder.
"I [was] asking people to reveal their innermost feelings about [this issue], and I actually know about it," she says. "I have had this issue; my sister Emily, who passed away, had this issue. So I thought, ‘This is the time'…I know this mind game that goes on where if you don't adhere to this strict calorie restriction, it makes you feel really bad about yourself, and this vicious cycle kicks in."
Hopefully, by bravely speaking out about her demons, Couric will be able to help others struggling with an eating disorder to break their own vicious cycles.