Celebs Go Dating star Anna Williamson has revealed the most effective way to leave an awkward date quickly, as many singletons can expect Valentine’s Day disasters
Celebs Go Dating star Anna Williamson has revealed the most ‘effective’ technique for leaving an awkward date quickly, as thousands of singletons prepare to be wined and dined on Valentine’s Day.
Since joining the Channel 4 show in 2019, the dating expert has helped the likes of Alison Hammond, Wayne Lineker and Sinitta search for love. Celebrities are often set up on dinner dates with non-famous partners, but Anna urges singletons to avoid food at all costs.
Speaking to the Mirror, she said: “I actually recommend people don’t go out for dinner on a first date because it can be a lot of unnecessary pressure grappling with knives, forks, and food.”
It is also more difficult to exit an awkward date if there is food involved, explained Anna. She said: “If it’s the first date, I would say just go for a drink or a coffee. That way you can exit that date very quickly after 30-minutes if it’s not quite going the way you want it to.
“If you’re having a meal, you’re quite committed to that date. My opinion is you should stick with that, you should be respectful and see the date through. You don’t want to hurt people’s feelings unnecessarily.”
During her stint on the dating show, Anna has witnessed celebrities abandon their date by pretending to go to the toilet, but she says this is the “worst thing you could do”. She said: “That’s just rude and disrespectful to leave someone feeling embarrassed, unsure as to what went wrong. I’m always a big fan of politeness and respectful constructive feedback.”
Instead, Anna recommends being direct and honest at the end of a date. “If you haven’t enjoyed the date, maybe offer to split the bill and be really clear if there is not going to be a second one,” she said.
Dinner etiquette can be a major turn-off on a date, as research by Cadbury Creme Egg has shown that 24 percent of single Brits have walked out of a date because they don’t approve of the way their partner eats their food. What’s more, 71 percent say they have considered breaking up with their partner based on their eating habits.
Anna revealed her “red flags” when it comes to dating, she said: “A warning sign for me is elbows on the table, hunching over your plate or shovelling food in with a fork. Others include rushing your food and not taking your time to savour it and converse.
“If I see someone talking with their mouth open, slurring their food, and really taking no care and attention in how they are reading the room, I think that is a bit of a red flag and I think it goes back to how you can learn better table manners.”
The expert went on to say that her biggest “ick” is people who bring phones on a date, rather than placing it in their pocket or bag. “We take the phones off the celebrities on the show because of this,” she confessed.
Anna vented: “Essentially there are three people on a date if you have your phone on the table. It is a distraction and a signal to the other person that you’re not fully focused on the date. I’ve even seen people bring a ring light on a date before.”
This Valentine’s Day, Anna has teamed up with Cadbury to launch a compatibility checker that all comes down to how you eat a Creme Egg. From scooping out the goo, to melting it on toast, there are so many ways to eat the sweet treat, some more divisive than others, and it can reveal so much more about and who you are best suited to.
She said: “From my work matchmaking famous faces, I love any tool that people can use to better connect with each other and work out if they are soulmates. I have seen far too many relationships crack under pressure thanks to someone’s eating habits, so if I can help just one person avoid a dating catastrophe or find their perfect partner, I would have done my job right.”
When asked if Celebs Go Dating will return later this year, Anna said: “I hope so. I haven’t had the green light yet, but it’s normally around this time that we find out. Channel 4 is having a reshuffle but we rated really well last season so hopefully we will be back in the summer as we were last year.”