Mark Ronson claims he’s sapiosexual, meaning he’s attracted to a woman’s mind

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What’s worse, a guy who only dates models and acknowledges his superficiality, or a guy who only dates beautiful young women but claims to be attracted to “smart women”? I’m not presupposing that all beautiful women or models are dumb or anything – there are many beautiful women who are also smart/brilliant. But let’s also be real: when a 40-something dude dates a 20-year-old model, he’s not interested in her mind. So it is with Mark Ronson, who is 44. He’s an Oscar-winning and Grammy-winning music producer, songwriter and performer. Last year, he split with his wife Joséphine de La Baume, a French model/actress who is a decade younger than him. But, you know, he’s attracted to someone’s mind above all else:

Mark Ronson has revealed he identifies as a ‘sapiosexual’, which describes being attracted to the intelligence of another person above all else. The record producer, 44, made the admission on Thursday’s episode of Good Morning Britain when the show held a debate on the topic after French minister Marlene Schiappa was mocked for calling herself a sapiosexual.

Speaking about the debate during their interview with Mark, host Kate Garraway said: ‘Now we know you are single, and Mark has got very involved in our debate backstage’.

Mark said: ‘Yeah I didn’t know that there was a word for it. We were all arguing backstage in the dressing room with a couple of your producers. And yes I feel like I am identifying as sapiosexual.’

Co-host Ben Shepard said: ‘So you are coming out as sapiosexual. Out and proud on Good Morning Britain.’

Mark’s latest album Late Night Feelings is a record about heartbreak with the songwriter collaborating with people including Miley Cyrus and Camila Cabello. The musician split from his wife Joséphine de La Baume in 2018 with their divorce said to have inspired some of the record.

[From The Daily Mail]

This was obviously just supposed to be a lighter moment on a British talk show, so why am I filled with rage? Oh, right. Because throughout my entire life, I’ve seen brilliant women get ignored by scores of men who were just looking for a pretty face and an empty head. And many of those men claim to be sapiosexual too. Who are the true sapiosexuals? Jeffrey Garten, married to food genius Ina Garten. He’s basically the only one I can think of!

In truth, though, while someone’s mind and personality are important to me, I’m not going to end up with a gargoyle-looking dude just because he’s a genius. So I guess I’m not a sapiosexual either.

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  1. Elisabeth says:


  2. OriginalRose says:

    That girl in the top pic looks like a google translate version of Kate Moss, do you know what I mean. It’s sort of uncanny. Was she his wife?

  3. Jadedone says:

    I have just binged watched Reggie Yates outside man on Netflix and I have never been more attracted to a man’s mind as much, it doesnt hurt that he isn’t hard on the eyes. ( I’m really hoping nobody’s gonna burst my bubble and tell me something bad about him) :)

  4. FutureCatLady says:

    I would think A TRUE “sapiosexual” would also be considered pansexual since they are attracted to a person’s mind. So does he identify, then, as hetero-sapiosexual-whatever identity has not yet been created for those who only date people who are gorgeous and younger than them? Because that would make more sense except his past shows that he’s really only into the young model type. We need a sexual identity name for that as well.

  5. k says:

    Also, Martin Ginsburg, RBG’s late husband. Total sapiosexual.

    • JAC says:


      I don’t know who Ina Garten is, but why would her husband and RBG’s husband be sapiosexuals?

      • Who ARE These People? says:

        It’s sort of a joke, but it’s also that Martin Ginsburg was entirely supportive and proud of his wife’s intellectual accomplishments. I thought of him too.

      • Ali says:

        They are trying to say that RBG and Ina Garten aren’t physically attractive so their spouses are predominantly attracted to them for their talent/brains, not looks.

        It’s a pretty insulting thing to say, imo.

      • JAC says:

        Could be, but to me it also reads like they weren’t attractive enough for them to be attracted to their appearance. Almost like a backhanded compliment.

      • onerous says:

        @Ali – I agree! Plus – anyone who’s ever seen Ina Garten in action must realize that she’s soooo sexy. She just has that quality – as many people do – regardless of their physical appearance.

      • Tourmaline says:

        If someone is trying to say RBG wasn’t pretty, do yourself a favor and look at pictures of her in her youth.

    • k says:

      Who Are These People: yes.
      Ali: no.

      Also, not that it matters, but RBG was and is a beautiful woman.

      • Ali says:

        I never said I thought RBG or Ina Garten weren’t attractive. I thought that was the assumption of the people who raised them as examples of the their husbands only love them for their brains.

        All brains come with a body and don’t we all want to be loved for who we are, not just one aspect of ourselves?

    • Noodles19 says:

      I’m mainly attracted to someone’s mind, because even if someone is physically attractive I’m not attracted to them unless I find them interesting or like the way they think. Maybe this is what he means?

  6. Who ARE These People? says:

    Sapiosexual, or sap for short.

  7. Becks1 says:

    Does this mean that he’s only attracted to someone if they are smart, or does he have to like what is actually going on in their head? Because a lot of smart people are pretty terrible people.

    I’m attracted to men with brains. I like intelligence. but I like other things too. Isnt that how most people are?

  8. Ashley diaz says:

    Joseph Gordon Levitt! He’s married to a founder and ceo of a tech/robotics company.

  9. Leriel says:

    Oh please, he’s just second Jack Antonoff, he thinks that he’s so artistic and creative and special snowflake, but he’s just another hipsterish music producer,

    • Dani says:

      I wouldn’t equate the two. They produce different types of music and appeal to two completely different crowds. I do agree on the hipster snowflake thing for both.

  10. DD says:

    Well I find it an upgrade from Mr. Verizon blowing up his wife’s spot on their open marriage, which it sounds like she doesn’t want.

    Anyone else have anything to reveal?

  11. Kimberly Davis says:

    His wife left him for another woman….so, there’s that.

  12. Valerie says:

    Oh. Cool. lmao.

  13. Nanny to the rescue says:

    To me, people claiming to be sapiosexual are just up their own ass.

    Because in their explanations they always hint (if not directly state) that they love that person for the conversations they can have with them – so their equal, not somebody who outsmarts them. So it’s a case of people believing they are smart themselves. (And most of them probably aren’t as smart as they think they are, just pretentious.)

    Nothing wrong with loving people for their brains, tho. But if you see that as a definition of your sexuality, then you’re most likely dumber than you know.

    • 2Tired says:

      Naw, that ain’t it.

      When people discuss something I don’t know about, my body feels like it is on fire.

      When someone demonstrates expertise on a subject, even sometimes something minor that they only discuss once, I will not be able to get them out of my head for weeks.

      College lectures were sexually arousing for me, regardless of what the professor looked like, and it took me a long time to be able to focus on the material instead of my inapproproate thoughts.

      I dated a single person based solely on how he looked, who was not stupid but was not knowledgeable enough to do anything for me. 10 minutes into our first date I seriously debated walking to the store and pretending an emergency happened just so that I could get them out of my apartment. His physical cuteness vanished within moments: he was racist, sexist, ageist, amd not clever, but thought he was smart because he had done Running Start; I didn’t have the heart to tell him that the program was open to everyone, and not evidence that he was a gifted student. He had a B- average, but thought he was a genius.

      People who are gay aren’t attracted to every person in a given demographic, for example. A gay man will still use other factors to decide who to date. The people who are attracted to intelligence may indeed not be attracted to someone smarter than them, but a person who bases their feelings on physical attractiveness may not necessarily date someone “out of their league,” either.

      Sapiosexuality is a real thing. Stop spewing ignorance about everyone who experiences it just because this ONE person doesn’t fit your (clearly incorrect) definition.

      • Jaded says:

        That’s a pretty rude response. I’d say stop spewing “knowitallness”. Everyone is different and for some physical attractiveness ranks higher than being super intelligent. Sometimes a good sense of humour is incredibly sexy. Sometimes just being a kind, respectful person is a turn-on. Just because we’re not all Rhodes Scholars doesn’t mean what we’re attracted to in people is less worthy.

      • Nanny to the Rescue says:

        2TIRED, you’re just proving most of my point now. :)

  14. SM says:

    You know someone want to come off as way smarter that they actually are by speaking this way. I mean, seriously. Now he have to have a term for someone who is decent enough to care for a good conversation and knowledge rather than just talking weather and instagram posting? As for how he identifies, yeah right, I will believe him when he dates woman his own age

    • Maxazaria says:

      Very right. His pretentiousness and BS shines through.

    • 2bounce4u says:

      He was engaged to Rashida back in early 00′s and dated some artist later. Then came Daisy Lowe and his ex wife. He downgraded baaad in time and I truly believe given right circumstances he would go for Miley lol He’s a good guy, quite self deprecating but has issues.

  15. Jaded says:

    He’s a superciliousexual (™)

  16. MrsPanda says:

    He has a punchable face and the same expression in all his photos since 2006. Not convinced he’s a real human.

  17. Anna says:

    I find that comment regarding Joséphine de La Baume very disrespectful. She is the opposite of some dumb bimbo.

  18. Jessica says:

    The only one I know is Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory.

  19. Truth is false says:

    Ironically, he’s attracted to intelligence but wasn’t smart enough to know the word for it.

  20. Alex Schuster says:

    I have not met a real, sapiosexual, they believe that women are limited in intelligence, and as a surprised to most of my dates they end up feeling small because my knowledge is vast. Not because of schooling, but by own thirst of knowledge, I have depth, intelligence, and fairly sensual good looks, but the only thing they want is a hook up. I have stopped dating for good only disappointment comes attached to a man.