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I don't envy whoever ends up dating Paul Mescal - the pressure will be enormous

Ciara O'Connor


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GOLDEN COUPLE: Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones

GOLDEN COUPLE: Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones

GOLDEN COUPLE: Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones

It's true: we probably all need to calm down about Paul Mescal.

But, in many ways, Paul Mescal needs to calm down himself: the Normal People beauty has spent the last couple of weeks dropping casual bombs in interviews about looking for a wife, being papped in a series of sensational get-ups, and auctioning off Connell's iconic chain for Pieta House - which is, let's face it, a very sexy thing to do.

At this stage, Paul Mescal knows the effect he has on women. "I am not Connell and nor do I want to be him," he says as women everywhere sigh, ''that's such a Connell thing to say''. But then - with hundreds of thousands of us locked down, touch-starved and on heat since the series dropped - he should know better than going out for a jog, topless in his GAA shorts with a chain around his neck. Not Connell, indeed.