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'The Millionaire Matchmaker': Patti does have a heart!

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Well, we knew THE Millionaire Matchmaker (emphasis on the “the” because it’s said so prominently in the show’s opening sequence), Patti Stanger, was familiar with human emotion, because she’s so very successful at fixing up couples (even famous ones), but it was less clear just how much of that emotion extended inward toward her own heart. Until last night.

During one of Stanger’s token meet-and-greets, the millionaireslooking for love included Dr. Nettles, a plastic surgeon with a creepy, serial killer smile, and Michael Prozer, a Floridian with too many manly accessories and not enoughself-control when it came to his bladder. Then there was “model” Josie, apparently someone who Stanger set up before (though not sure howshe ever got past her with those horrible roots and pastel makeup), who barged into the mixer uninvited and refused to leave. When Stanger and her posse tried kicking her out, Josie screamed: “Why don’t YOU have a husband, Patti?..You’re 45-years-old and you can’t even get to ‘I Do’…Why do you think God has punished you and made you 45 and single?” Then Josie mumbled something about Patti’s boyfriend being from Sherman Oaks — I still have no idea why that matters — and eventually walked out. At this point, THE matchmaker looked like she was about to cry. It was a side of her we’d never been privy to before, and I found myself feeling empathetic and sort of surprised.

“The things she said about me, they kind of hurt my feelings,” Stanger admitted to the ladies at the party. “I realized this year, at 47 — which I’m damn proud of — I don’t know if I’m ready to get married. Is that shocking that I can teach you but I don’t know if I want to get married?…Maybe I shouldn’t do this for a living.”

First of all: Did we know that she was 47 before last night? WOW! Secondly: I wonder if all the criticism she’s been facing for trying to match people up but not being married herself has gotten to her? Sounds like she’s starting to feel the need to justify herself in public (did anyone else see that she actually brought her boyfriend to the A-List Awards on Wednesday night?).

Not to sound like a broken record, but you know what they say: those who can’t do, teach. PopWatchers, do you think Patti does really want to get married and is just pretending she doesn’t because it’s easier? Or you do you think she’s being sincere and really enjoys the “freedom”? Finally, should any of that actually matter — as Josie claimed it did — when it comes to Stanger’s matchmaking skills? Speak up below!