Wednesday 18 September 2019

'I thought about texting him but then thought, what if I get ghosted?' - First Dates star Paddy Smyth

Paddy Smyth. Photo: Cathal Austin
Paddy Smyth. Photo: Cathal Austin

Sean O'Grady

First Dates star Paddy Smyth has revealed he thought about messaging the guy he met on the show again to rekindle their romance.

The Sutton man (29), who has had stints presenting on The Six O'Clock Show since he appeared on the dating series, went on a date with David Charles, from Cork.

Although they got along when they met, distance has kept them apart ever since.

"In terms of the guy, when the repeat came, I watched it and thought, 'God I did like him'. It just fizzled out. He lives in Cork and I live in Dublin," Paddy said.

"I thought about texting him again but then I thought, 'what if I get ghosted', so I said I would leave it."

Paddy reckons he still could try and arrange another date one day.

"If I had a few drinks in me, I probably would message him and if I had the right people around me. But then I would have the fear the next day."

He was speaking at the launch of the Irish Wheelchair Association's Angels campaign, which is held throughout November.

Paddy, who has cerebral palsy in his legs, said there are many struggles people with disabilities must deal with in their day-to-day lives.

"Personally from my experience, I struggled in education, in places where I've worked not having the right facilities," he said.

Paddy also believes having cerebral palsy has harmed his employment prospects in the past.

"You are thinking in the back of your head, 'can they do the job? Will we be able to discipline them if they're doing something wrong?'."

The Dubliner wants to be a role model for children with disabilities.

"My biggest dream would be to have my own chat show," he told the Herald.

"When I was growing up, there were no disabled presenters and I was always wondering, where are they?

"Parents speak to me about helping them realise that their son or daughter, who is disabled, can live a normal and fun life."

People can donate to the Angel campaign by texting ANGELS to 50300.

The Irish Wheelchair Association's National Collection days are this Thursday and Friday.


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