Veteran actor Omar Sharif wishes his lovelife was more like the stories he reads about himself in the papers, because reports have always claimed he has romanced the most beautiful women in the world.

The LAWRENCE OF ARABIA star, 73, insists he has only had a few girlfriends, including singer Barbra Streisand and actress Catherine Deneuve, since divorcing his wife FATEM HAMAMA in 1974, and never loved any of them.

He says, "Everything they say about me is exaggerated.

"I always have 17 million girlfriends. I am supposed to have screwed all the pretty women in the world! I wish I had had the life that is described in the newspapers."