First Dates star Fred Sirieix has fronted the beloved Channel 4 dating show for years, but the love-guru’s own life is rather fascinating too.
The smartly-dressed Frenchman has been helping couples find their dream partner on the Channel 4 matchmaking show – greeting the nervous singletons at the door of the restaurant.
The 49-year-old maître d’ is back on our screens as First Dates returns tonight (Monday, September 6) with new episodes, and this week he confirmed to Lorraine Kelly on her ITV chat show that filming for a new season is about to begin.
He said: “We are actually about to start a new series so you can go apply online because we are looking for new daters.”
So to celebrate the French Cupid returning to the small screen to try and make sparks fly between new couples, the Daily Star has taken a look inside the star’s life – including his mystery romances and famous family members.
Fred’s mystery fiancée
Although Fred is famous for helping couples find love on television in front of millions, he’s actually kept his love life very private.
However, he has teased some details about his life in the romance department – and it turns out he’s engaged to a lovely lady who he’s nicknamed “Fruitcake”.
Fred was previously in a relationship with the mother of his two children, who is simply known as Alex to the public.
The couple had been together for 12 years, but they never got married – and in 2016 Fred explained that his romance with Alex was the closest thing to marriage that he’d ever experienced.
It looks like Fred has found happiness since, because in January 2018 he took to social media to share that he was in a new relationship.
Despite sharing snaps of his fiancé on social media before, he never exposed her name and instead chose to nickname her Fruitcake.
Suarve Fred proposed to his mystery woman back in March this year, announcing the news on Instagram.
He also posted a rare photo of his partner as they celebrated their anniversary in October.
The cute couple could be seen smiling into the camera as they stood on a beach.
Fred looked dashing in a smart blue coat, while his glam girlfriend looked gorgeous in a fluffy coat with a pair of chic gold earrings.
Fred and his wife-to-be were set to jet off to Jamaica for their wedding, and had plans for a lush beach party.
However, the TV star has since confirmed that his wedding has been postponed until early 2022 due to the pandemic.
Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, Fred told presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that his close pal Gino D’Acampo would organise his stag-do.
Fred’s saucy sex confessions
Fred wasn’t afraid to open up about his steamy bedroom antics, and he made a rather racy confession about his sex life with his beloved partner.
Dishing on life under the bed covers, the star admitted that he’s “never enjoyed sex as much as now”.
Speaking to the Sun on Sunday, the Maitre d’ said: “I think it’s a confidence thing and meeting another person who feels exactly the same way as me.”
Recalling when he met his bride-to-be, he said: “It was so beautiful. When I saw her I fell in love and she smiled because she knew”
He added that he feels like he’s grown up and prefers himself now to when he was a younger man.
He said: “I like myself much more than when I was 20, I’m a better human being than when I was 20. It’s that overall wisdom.”
Fred’s steamy snaps
When he’s not matching up couples in his TV restaurants, it seems like Fred is sweating it out in the gym.
That’s because the First Dates guru has shared a series of hunky snaps which show off his muscular body and toned abs.
Taking to Instagram, Fred spoke out about his love for exercise, and how he sometimes struggles to motivate himself to get moving in the mornings.
The presenter left fans swooning as he flaunted his topless body to his followers on Instagram.
“In a candid post about keeping in shape, he penned: “In the morning I find it hard to get started.
“Invariably my mind looks for excuses to get out of it.
“But I know that it always makes me feel better after.
“And besides I love the sensation of feeling my heart beat in my chest. Have a good day x.”
Fred’s famous Olympian daughter
Fred has two children from his past relationship – a 16-year-old daughter named Andrea and an 11-year-old son named Lucien.
His impressive daughter, Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, is an Olympian athlete who competed in the recent Tokyo Olympics 2020.
The sports star was picked for the Team GB diving team at just 16 years old.
The proud dad appeared on ITV’s Lorraine on Monday (September 6) to admit that he has to “pinch himself” at the thought of his daughter competing at a world class level.
He told Lorraine Kelly: “I’m so proud, I have to pinch myself sometimes. She works so hard, she’s the seventh-best female diver in the country, and to watch her at the Olympics…
“I was really worried as so many things could go wrong – we couldn’t go there to be with her, and I was worried about Covid, so many things.
“And on the day of the Olympics, when she started the competition, my nerves just went completely and I was so at ease.”
He added: “I knew she was going to get through to the semi-final, and after the semi-final I knew she would make it to the finals.
“The great thing is, she kept her cool and did what she trains for, which is diving. And when you dive from 10 metres, it’s very, very scary – it’s very high, it’s not normal.”
Andrea finished in seventh place in the women’s 10m diving final at the games.
First Date airs Monday at 10pm on Channel 4.
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