“It would be fantastic to fall in love with someone wonderful,” Hurley admitted to Red magazine for their latest issue, as reported by UK’s Daily Mail. “But I’ve really enjoyed the past couple of years and it’s made me realize how important it is to find someone who shares similar tastes. I think that’s because I’ve had some time to do entirely what I want to do.”
Hurley shared that while she has had great relationships with all of her exes, their breakups made her realize what she really wants in a partner. Her most famous relationship was with British actor Hugh Grant. The pair first met in 1987 and remained together until their amicable split in 2000.
In 2002, Hurley welcomed a son named Damian with American businessman Steve Bing — Grant, now 58, is her child’s godfather.
In 2007, she married Indian textile heir Arun Nayar but the couple divorced in 2011. Three months later, Hurley was engaged to Australian cricketer Shane Warne. However, the couple called it quits in 2013.
“All of my boyfriends, husbands and fiancés have been my best friends, so it’s a terrible gap they leave,” she explained. “I think that’s when you learn the importance of having other sources of comfort, fun and intimacy. You feel cozy with people that have been your best friends for 30 years, but occasionally you’ll meet someone who you click with — it’s important to keep yourself open to that.”
Yet Hurley said she isn’t in a rush to get involved with anyone. In fact, the star said she’s at her happiest from the comfort of home in the English countryside.
“I spend half the day on my laptop and then I attempt to have a life,” she said. “When I’m there I have a ponytail, wear UGG boots, put on some Nike track pants and I’m happy. When I’m home I cook or make jam – I’ve just started making marmalade – I love all that. I get so much joy from gardening. I’ve become obsessed with it. It’s the only time I switch off.”
Hurley also said she keeps busy by staying active, which has helped her not stress over getting older.
“I really believe in being active, but I do much set exercise,” said Hurley. “In the country, I walk a lot, run around a lot and do a lot of manual labor — I also love getting out with my chainsaw. I still have a contract with Estee Lauder, which is in its 24th year. Hats off to them for not disposing of women as they get older.”
Hurley's son Damian is now 16.
“He is a joy,” Hurley gushed. “He has a year-and-a-half of school left, then it’s up to him; he’ll be a proper grown-up but with interfering mummy in the background. Since he was 13 we’ve always gone away every year to somewhere exotic, and this year we’re going on a yoga meditation retreat. I think it might be quite good for an angst-ridden teenager, and it might be good to find a way to switch off.”
Back in 2005, Hurley launched a London-based swimwear line named Elizabeth Hurley Beach, which she frequently models on social media.
“I decided to venture into beachwear not only because I’ve always been obsessed with vacation clothes, but also because it’s an area where women, regardless of shape or size, can either look amazing or really get it wrong,” she previously announced on the company’s website. “I wanted to develop resort collections, which make women feel fabulous at any age.”
Hurley took a break from Hollywood to focus on motherhood but found herself wanting to do something new professionally. Back in 2017, she told Closer Weekly that being a mom inspired her to launch the swimwear line.
“It allowed me to be more flexible with my time and work when Damian was at school,” she explained. “I love my life. I love change and I love new experiences.”
Hurley stressed she had zero regrets putting her high-profile career on hold to be a hands-on parent.
“Looking after my son became my No.1 task, and it was a joy to have someone else on whom to focus,” said Hurley. “I was 36 and had been worrying about myself for quite long enough. I stopped doing movies and TV for the first eight years of his life, and I don’t regret it for a moment. I always put him first.”