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Why Larry David is the menopausal woman’s spirit animal. No, seriously

As Curb Your Enthusiasm draws to a close, Larry has reached a divine state of not caring at all what people think

As each year passes, my idealistic, romantic younger self fades ever further into the background. I can no longer project depth and a great sense of humour onto some random good-looking man, like pinning the tail on the donkey. Young men mostly make me feel like should be either making them a packed lunch or ironing their school trousers, and harmless random crushes have vanished into the ether. Now I have crossed the hormonal Rubicon, I feel like a very unglamorous version of Kristin Scott-Thomas in Fleabag, but rather than leaning against a bar drinking a Martini and being wise, I’m wearing Primark pyjamas and eating cheese balls from Morrisons. Maybe it’s because I can see clearly now the estrogen has gone. Or maybe it’s because all that’s on this side of the hill are men in gilets, Jeff Goldblum and… LARRY DAVID.

Look, it’s not like I fancy Larry. (Actually, maybe I would if he bought me dinner in one of the fancy LA restaurants he casually frequents, or took me out on his golf buggy.) He’s tall, rich and still has hair, even though it’s halfway down the back of his head and sprouting in all directions like a mad professor. But mainly I think I’m drawn to him because he’s the menopausal woman’s spirit animal.

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Larry David is essentially a manifestation of the impotent rage all women feel when the compliments peter out and you’re left in the Siberian wasteland of middle age. He has no filter, and is forever saying the wrong thing. Also, he’s a master of the art of getting angry about tiny details and ruining everything for everyone – I mean, HELLO?

Something else has shifted, too. Once, I couldn’t watch Curb Your Enthusiasmbecause, although it was always hilarious, Larry’s hideous faux pas were too excruciating to bear. Starting with the question ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’ it crammed in so many colossal social blunders that I’d be peering at it through my fingers and screaming, begging for it to end.

Now, though, just as the show reaches its twelfth and final season, I’m relishing every exquisitely nightmarish moment. In the first episode of the new series, there’s a plotline where a woman tries his glasses on and bends them out of shape with her large head – and he has to wear her tortoiseshell batwing specs until they’re fixed. Everyone looks at him with utter disdain, and for some reason I felt it deep in my soul.

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Yet even so, he walks around wearing these old lady glasses everywhere, like a turtle who is also a 1950s receptionist, and although it’s just one page in a catalogue of disaster, they start looking almost good on him, because of course, Larry the Curb character doesn’t care. He’s a man of the world. He’s done so many embarrassing and, let’s face it, morally reprehensible things in his time, that he’s ridicule-proof.

I’m not even going to try to explain the part where his glasses fall down the toilet in his hotel and the maid throws all his clothes out of the window, but rather than cowering behind the sofa at his antics, I finally get it. Watching Larry is profoundly liberating. He’s got to where I want to be in life. He just does whatever he wants, regardless of consequences, and has reached that divine state of not caring at all what people think.

He’s the Kristin Scott-Thomas in Fleabag character, after all. Yes, he’s entitled and self-serving, and everybody hates him, including himself, but so what? Larry’s looking after number one, he’s having fun, and although every day is an absolute shocker, he’s made peace with that. Plus, he’s rich! Did I mention he was rich? Oh dear, maybe I do have a crush after all.

Curb Your Enthusiasm is on Sky Atlantic.

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