Celebs Go Dating Proved I Don’t ‘Need’ a Man

NEVER in my wildest dreams I thought being on TV Celebrity Dating would teach me anything. But then you learn something new every day.

I had heard of the show but had never seen an episode when I was approached to join. So my biases, instincts and prejudices know no bounds.

Ulrika never thought she would be on a dating show


Ulrika never thought she would be on a dating showCredit: Olivia West – The Sun
Ulrika greets her date on Celebs Go Dating


Ulrika greets her date on Celebs Go DatingCredit: EROTME.CO.UK

I think the show will have as much integrity and sincerity as BoJo’s statement about Downing Street parties.

There is nothing initially appealing about the show. Watching the endurance of dates while being filmed makes my stomach ache – what could be more painful?

But deep down, I feel that even though the show is only there to embrace young celebrities, at 54 and as a mother of four, I deserve a seat at the table. this.

It’s about representativeness and a bit of diversity, right? I was loud and proud of not wanting to go into old age quietly, while drumming for the elderly women.

Besides, the kids need to eat and I need to be kept in anti-aging creams and bulldogs.

All of the above are my motivations. I have no meaningful hope to meet anyone meaningful.

So it all surprised me a bit. Once you’ve signed up, you become part of the “process” and not a program. It is very intense.

My good friend and CGD alumni, Kerry Katona, told me I had to do the show because “I want a proper smile”. Those words soon became empty.

The ten-week schedule is continuous and non-stop. As someone who is also trying to juggle kids and a dog, the long hours of uncertainty can be stressful at times.
Except for Abz Love from the band Nineties Five, I don’t know who the others are.

You could think of it as a “celebration” of reality stars, to me old enough to be their mother. . . and then a few.

So there I was, on the threshold of another controlled TV dating process, without any direction from me. It feels odd – and absolutely insane.

I spent most of the past year in dating and dating apps. Sometimes I wrote something down in The Sun. It’s a steep learning curve of fake profiles, ghosting, and people saving me.

Most of my dating is completely soul-destroying, but I’ve enjoyed some pretty wild, spontaneous, impulsive, vibrant, energetic times.

There was passion and “trash” and I even nearly broke my heart, but dodged the bullet just in time.


All those months of dating experiences – my little ‘gender difference’ – might not lead me to the next Mr Right but they have taught me that three and a half years after my divorce, I really want a someone in your life. . But finding someone on a TV show just seems impossible.

For starters, I wouldn’t exactly be selective about who I’ve dated. I will be sent on dates with selected people and hand delivered.

At least there’s some consolation – knowing that these outbursts will actually come, unlike many times last year when the boys just patronized me, sometimes at the last minute. It feels shameful.

As seen in the first episode on Monday night, we – the ‘women’s – were taken on a discreet date. I find myself sitting across from a tall 58-year-old man whose self-love is endless and who knows more about me than Wikipedia.

I found him dull, lengthy and a bit creepy, and quite agitated by the end of the date. If I wanted to date someone who answered their own question, I’d date my mom.

“Tal” giving me a six out of ten and saying that I would have to work for a seven only proves to me that he is delusional as if he were boring and self-righteous.

I faced other obstacles: People intrigued by my waning celebrity status. Sometimes it’s hard to “get that bird off the phone”.

My days are very mixed – both in terms of age and taste. Phone dating is harder than in real life but even the worst experiences taught me something.

Some of them are very happy. Some are serious. Many handsome people. Some less so. There may be some disappointment at one point, but you learn more from it than a string of obvious bright days. And it feels good to share these experiences (and laments) with other friends. Although I didn’t know them to begin with, I certainly did now.

I became close to Towie’s Chloe Brockett – an unexpected surprise. I love Abz Love more than words can say.

Mouth of Potatoes

I enjoyed long conversations with former Apprentice contestants Ryan-Mark Parsons and Nikita Jasmine of Married At First Sight.

My one true love turned out to be the incredible Tom Read Wilson, the client coordinator, who concluded our visit to the Celebrity Dating Agency with inspirational and literary conversations. culture, kind gestures, and lots of sexual innuendo.

This series is filled with realism, clumsiness, and some pure trivia. The biggest surprise is the actual experience you have with agents Anna Williamson and Paul Brunson. As professional consultants and life coaches, their input is vital and adds an authentic dimension.

It’s magical to have two independent, neutral individuals who have no prior knowledge of you and have no agenda other than to make you a better version of yourself. They observe you, evaluate dating techniques, question your thoughts and sometimes your behaviour. That’s probably something everyone can benefit from. Especially some days I’ve had.

Anna and Paul have helped me understand myself better and, above all, improve my relationship with myself. They are my champions and I have learned a lot in my time with them. It’s like a free consultation.

You get a response from every date – from who you’ve dated – which is then dissected by Anna and Paul. It’s painful and sometimes hilarious. Sometimes I get shocked too. Ợ and being the owner of a potty doesn’t seem like an asset in the dating world. I’ve also discovered that I can be a people pleaser and that will make you lose interest.

The staff were quick to find some deep-rooted, personal weaknesses, as well as a few strengths – knowledge that I will continue. This experience led me to what I have always maintained: I don’t “need” a man.

I feel comfortable in my own company. But it sure would be nice to share some interesting experiences with someone. I will not give away any spoilers. Suffice it to say, there was plenty of laughter and maybe even some tears.

While my head doesn’t want you to watch the show, my heart thinks you probably should. Besides, what else are you going to do four nights a week for the next five weeks?

Ulrika Jonsson, Abz Love, Chloe Brockett, Miles Nazaire, Nikita Jasmine and Ryan-Mark Parsons to star on Celebs Go Dating


Ulrika Jonsson, Abz Love, Chloe Brockett, Miles Nazaire, Nikita Jasmine and Ryan-Mark Parsons to star on Celebs Go DatingCredit: PA
My one true love turned out to be the incredible Tom Read Wilson, Ulrika writes


My one true love turned out to be the incredible Tom Read Wilson, Ulrika writesCredits: Rex Features
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