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Monday 20 January 2020

'No wonder you can't meet a girl' - Ryan Tubridy's letter to his 16-year-old self

Ryan Tubridy hosts the Late Late Show. Picture: Andres Poveda
Ryan Tubridy hosts the Late Late Show. Picture: Andres Poveda
Image: Ryan Tubridy/RTE Radio One

Rebecca Lumley

Radio listeners were treated to an exclusive insight to Ryan Tubridy’s teenage years yesterday - and it's heartbreakingly sweet.

The radio host and Late Late presenter disclosed a letter he penned eight years ago, where he gave advice to his teenage-self and said things would "get better."

Reading the letter on the Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio One this morning, Tubridy revealed that he was a "nerd" in school, who was "not at all successful with girls."

He wrote: "You are 16, not at all successful with the girls and, essentially, you haven’t a clue about way too many things for a fellow your age. The handsome guys are doing all the scoring, both on and off the pitch and you are just a spectator both on and off the pitch- but fear not. It gets better."

Image: Ryan Tubridy/RTE Radio One
Image: Ryan Tubridy/RTE Radio One

The broadcaster said being a teenager was a "pain in the ass", but to embrace his "inner nerd" as "it will stand to you."

He continued: "For the moment, you are a victim of the tyranny of beauty that is the rule of law at your age. Hang in there my man, it gets better.

"Talk to your brothers and sisters a little more, they matter more than you think or know. Hug your folks, there's’ great love there too. Keep reading those books but stop reading the Murder Casebook magazines, that’s just weird, no wonder you can’t meet a girl (although being at an all-boys school doesn’t help matters).”

He also advised his teenage self to "go fishing, enjoy your first pint of Guinness" and "keep talking, always keep talking."

Tubridy said that while he has regrets, he is blessed with "extraordinary good fortune" and is thankful for his "two little girls waiting for you with arms as wide as the grins on their beautiful faces."

He said: "You mope a bit, get a bit spotty and have really dodgy Jason Donovan hair but you have to believe me, it gets better.

"Read, laugh, flirt, hug, love, mess, indulge your quirks and keep your family close."

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