First Date fans are completely smitten with this Irish guy who has Tourette's
Published 10/08/2016 | 11:27
An Irish guy with Tourette's has completely charmed TV audiences after his First Dates appearance.
Damian (24) refused to let his tics get in the way of his quest for true love and took to the Channel 4 show in the hope of meeting his love match.
He admitted that he recently went through a difficult period in his life after splitting from his ex-boyfriend in 2013.
The mental health nursing student was honest and open about his condition and explained that he was diagnosed with Tourette's shortly after the break-up.
"I couldn't even speak because I was tic-ing constantly," he said.
"I remember my dad getting really upset and I could tell that he was trying to hold back tears and so because of that I thought the best way to deal with that was to joke about it."
The Derry man said Tourette's is "like this constant companion that follows you around, that upsets you and makes you laugh".
"It's when it catches you unawares..." he told the cameras while he accidentally shouted to the barman "I'm on a load of drugs..."
He reassured him that he is not, in fact, on drugs and as the show continued, he shouted out "gay boy", "lesbo" and "kitten f***er" to the TV restaurant.
Damian admitted that he has made his peace with his tics and finds it easier to warn others so they won't be shocked.
"I don't know if it will go or if it will stay, but either way I've changed and that's not necessarily a bad thing," he said.
His honesty won him over with audiences, as well as his hunky date, businessman and part-time model Kai (31) who loves the Irish accent and was charmed by Damien's transparency.
In fact, it even inspired him to be open about his own mental health issues.
"I know I've had depression on and off. I went through a really bad period four years ago. I accept it now. Since I've done that, I can manage it better," Kai said.
The pair seemed to really enjoy their time together and revealed they'd like to see each other again, much to viewers' delight.
#FirstDates Kai and Damian are the loveliest most adorable pair ever. I'm cheering for them both I just love them.— Deborah Smith (@DeborahLenorah) August 9, 2016
#firstdates Damian & Kai how nice is that to see two people just falling for each other wish I had that with a girl— Oliver MacKenzie (@apeoli22) August 9, 2016
I think the gay community (mostly cubs and bears) have fallen in love with the Damian who has Tourette's syndrome on #FirstDates— Richard Barrie (@RichardBarrieQ) August 9, 2016
Kai and Damian going on date after date has made my 2016. And prolly my 2017, too #firstdates— Tom Hayes (@CllrTomHayes) August 9, 2016
Damian is my new favourite person. He's such a character. So hope these guys hit it off! #FirstDates— Christopher Hall (@chrishall9011) August 9, 2016
Absolute Creasing up here. #FirstDates Love Damian. Embrace your tourettes!!.— SamSpurs (@SamanthaGeal) August 9, 2016
Quite in love with Damian, the guy with Tourette's, and also his date, can someone get me their numbers? #FirstDates— Patrick Strudwick (@PatrickStrud) August 9, 2016