Why A-list women hook up with their bodyguards… and how even Myleene Klass, Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum fell for their protector’s charms

The Home Secretary romped with married war veteran David Budd, played by Richard Madden, yet again last night in steamy scenes some fans branded “pornographic”.

Bodyguard, the new Sunday night thriller, has been dubbed the BBC’s best drama in 20 years.

But how realistic is it that a high-ranking, powerful politician like Julia would jump into bed with the hired heavy?

She wouldn’t be the first eminent woman to fall for the charms of her protector. In 2001, Myleene Klass started dating bodyguard Graham Quinn, who worked as security for her band Hear’Say.

The couple dated for around six years before having their first child, Ava, in 2007, followed by daughter Hero Harper in 2011.

They married that year, but six months later he walked out on her and they divorced in 2013.

Before Kanye, Kim Kardashian seduced her Australian bodyguard Shengo Deane during an episode of Kourtney & Kim Take New York

. Apparently their relationship ended because he couldn’t quite keep up with the Kardashians.

Having split from long-time love Seal in 2012, Heidi Klum found solace in the arms of her bodyguard Martin Kristen just a few months later.

The couple dated for a year and a half, with Heidi allegedly buying him a house for his mum in South Africa and lavishing him with expensive clothes, dinners and parties, reports RadarOnline.

So, what is the attraction?

"Fame may seem deeply alluring to many, but it comes at a personal cost," observes TV psychologist Emma Kenny.

Myleene Klass married her bodyguard Graham Quinn

"Many rich and famous A-listers cite how their circle of trust becomes smaller as their bank balances grow bigger.

"Knowing in whom you can confide, and who genuinely has your back, is something that makes us feel secure, and having a foundation of close allies who are willing to stand up and protect you during your more challenging times is key to wellbeing."

"Bodyguards are granted an unusual licence in celebrities’ worlds; they are with them constantly and are privy to pretty much every element of their professional and personal lives.

"This unprecedented access means that, over time, the professional/personal boundary can become blurred and the ‘employer’ may start to invest in the relationship in a deeper, more profound way.

"From being the paid muscle, the ‘employee’ can become a trusted confidante, always there through both the good times and the bad."

Emma adds that the bodyguard’s assumed role of protector, and the traits this entails, which include loyalty, courage and a willingness to die for their charge, may also act as an alluring quality.

"Such virtues may be indicative of a potential to be a faithful and caring partner – a rare commodity in the celebrity world," she says.

"Many celebrities possess a degree of narcissism in their personality, and knowing that someone would literally die for them is particularly attractive to such a psyche.

"Such loyalty, paid or otherwise, is unusual, and goes hand-in-hand with desirable human traits that are scarce in this modern era."

Emma points out that on a primordial level, instinct compels us to prioritise our survival – which makes it easy to appreciate how a bodyguard can become sexually attractive to the individual they work for.

"When selecting a mate, part of that process involves asking the question, ‘Will they protect me?’ on both a physical and emotional level," she explains.

"Moreover, when contemplating potential fathers for future children, even on an unconscious level, scientific research evidences that tall, strong and well-built men are preferable to their less statuesque peers."

According to behavioural and celebrity psychologist Jo Hemmings, it's the fact bodyguards are often the keeper of their employer's deepest secrets that acts as a huge draw.

"Their confidentiality can be completely trusted,” she explained.

“They are there to protect them at all times – which is both reassuring and comforting in an unpredictable world.

"They are steadfast, loyal and discreet and there to serve their every need – probably unlike most potential boyfriends that they meet!”

The fact they’re highly trained and skilled – and often very fit and muscular – is also a natural draw, says Jo.

“And they’re not allowed to show a shred of arrogance,” she added. “That’s a sexy combo.

"Bodyguards see celebrities at their most vulnerable without any judgement or comment. Generally they aren’t there to piggy back on a celeb’s fame, nor steal the limelight.

“Their private lives are usually kept under wraps, which gives them an air of mystique and intrigue.

“And they spend long periods of time with their celebs, often at unsociable hours, without complaint.”

While a celeb may initially feel no attraction towards their bodyguard, Emma points out that time, shared experiences and a deepening friendship makes easy to see how such a relationship could turn into something more.

"Intimate relationships can take time to build and are complex to navigate, but studies suggest that three key ingredients must be present if long-term connections are to work out, namely compatibility, shared values and similar personality traits," she says.

"Bodyguards, unlike other potential love interests, have both time and opportunity to build on these qualities.

"Finally, the ultimate icing on the cake has to be a man who will obey your every command without question – what’s not to love about that?!"

The BBC one drama launched with 6.9million viewers on the August Bank Holiday weekend — and its creator is already planning a second series.

Writer Jed Mercurio, 52, shared the news on Twitter as he offered a cameo to former Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

Bodyguard continues on Sunday September 9 at 9pm on BBC One.

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