At the age of 60 Curtis had a relationship with a 17-year-old topless model, Debbie Ashby. The affair was a sensation in the press, and in a "kiss and tell" interview Debbie Ashby claimed that Curtis spent most of his time resting in bed. "He wanted company. It wasn't just my boobs," she insisted. "He said I had an interesting personality." She remained at Curtis's house for two weeks, spending most of her time making cups of tea. "He kept asking me if I liked him," she recalled, "he said he couldn't tell any more if people really liked him, and he kept crying."