Inside Fred Sirieix’s secret romance with fiancée – & dating tips he swears by

HE’S the matchmaking maitre d’ at the heart of one of the nation’s favourite showsand now he’s shared a rare insight into his own love life.

Primeras citas estrella Fred Siriex, 50, made a rare appearance with his mysterious beau ‘Fruitcakelast night on Caja de gafas de celebridad.

Fred Sirieix talks to us about 'Fruitcake', First Dates and why chat-up lines are a no-no

Fred Sirieix talks to us about ‘Fruitcake’, First Dates and why chat-up lines are a no-no
The TV star with his rarely-seen fiancee 'Fruitcake' on Celebrity Gogglebox last night

The TV star with his rarely-seen fiancee ‘Fruitcakeon Celebrity Gogglebox last nightCrédito: Canal 4

It’s the first time he’s allowed the nation to see what life is really like with his fiancée, whom he proposed to two years ago.

Fred said he immediately “fell in lovewith ‘Fruitcakewhen they first locked eyes on a busy Londres street back in 2018, and now they’re planning their wedding.

But in contrast to his openness while discussing love on First Dates, when it comes to his own romance he’s extremely private.

When The Sun probed to find out more about their love story, the notoriously tightlipped Frenchman says: “She’s a fun girl and she makes me laugh.

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“We just enjoy each other’s company, we enjoy walking and all sorts of stuff, like everybody else, Conoce al glamuroso jockey de 23 años que ya ha ganado 2,5 millones de libras esterlinas y conduce un Mercedes-Benz – very simple and very straightforward.”

One thing’s for certain, Fred definitely didn’t dole out cheesy one-liners to win her heart.

“I don’t have a chat-up line. Why would you have a chat-up line? How boring is that? You should go with the flow," él dice.

“If you’re genuine, honest and a good person at heart and you like to have fun that’s it. You don’t need a chat-up line!"

Fred refuses to use cheesy chat-up lines - pictured with the mysterious 'Fruitcake'

Fred refuses to use cheesy chat-up linespictured with the mysterious ‘Fruitcake

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While Fred’s giving very little away about Fruitcake, there will be increased interest in their love life after their stint on Caja de gafas de celebridad.

Hablando de la Canal 4 show, Fred says: “We’re really enjoying being on it, hasta aquí. It’s fun to be doing this with Fruitcake.

“There wasn’t anything particular that made us decide to do it, we just thought it would be a good idea.

“Gogglebox is one hour of pure blissI’m one of those people who watches it regularly and always finds something that will cheer me up.”

‘Saucy notes

The First Dates host maintains his impressive physique with 300 press-ups every day

The First Dates host maintains his impressive physique with 300 press-ups every dayCrédito: Instagram

Fred’s life changed forever when he appeared on First Dates back in 2013.

But his fame comes with challenges, he explains, including some unusual proposals from fans – that we imagine he’d prefer Fruitcake wasn’t privy to.

“I get some interesting messages on Instagram, let’s put it that way,” Fred admits coyly.

"Sabes, saucy things, you can imagine it’s there.”

When asked whether they were sexual, he chuckles: “That’s it. Eso es todo. I don’t always reply to all of my messages. I don’t need to.”

Fred’s regularly approached by fans on the street too – many want a selfie and it’s normally while he’s eating in a restaurant.

I get some interesting messages on Instagram, let’s put it that way

Fred sirieix

sin embargo, there’s one thing that regularly shocks fans.

“They think I’m taller than I am,” he admits. "Ellos dicen, 'Oh, you’re shorter than I thought’what I can say to that? Soy como, ‘Sorry to disappoint you.’”

Fred is 5ft 9in, which he considers normalhe certainly wouldn’t wear height-enhancing Cuban heeled shoeslike pal Gino D’Acampo“.

“Definitely not!” he exclaims. “Gino wears them, I don’t.”

He’s due to be reunited with the 5ft 6in Italian chef to film a new series of Gordon, Gino And Fred’s Road Trip el próximo año, despite claims they were alltoo busy”.

The last time Fred saw Gino, 45, was a month ago, when he cooked hisworld-famousFrench fries and a “delicious” curried goat.

Despite the boasts about his own food, Fred refuses to say who’s the better chef out of his ITV co-stars Gino and Gordon Ramsay.

“It depends what you fancy,” he says diplomatically. “Whether you fancy Italian food or something a bit more fancy… You may want Gordon’s one day and Gino’s the other.

Celebrity pals Gino and Fred in the buff while filming their travel show for ITV

Celebrity pals Gino and Fred in the buff while filming their travel show for ITVCrédito: fred_siriex/Instagram

Language of love

One thing he is certain of is when love is in the air at the First Dates restaurants, en London’s Paternoster Chop House y The Refinery in Manchester.

“You can see from a distance if a date is going well by the way they look at each other, the way they touch their hair and their body language,” Fred says.

“Dating isn’t easy but it’s not rocket science either – people have been dating for thousands of years.

“First Dates is like a nature programme. When you see David Attenborough looking at birds courting, it’s the same thing as what happens on the show – only for humans!"

First Dates is like a nature programme. When you see David Attenborough looking at birds courting, it’s the same thing as what happens on the show – only for humans!

Fred sirieix

Fred isn’t afraid to step in if he feels a date isn’t going to plan.

“Sometimes people are a bit shy and need a helping handif they do I’m there, but I cannot live life for these people, it’s their date,” he explains.

“It all depends on what’s happening in the restaurant, I can only interact as little or as much as they want me to, there are no set rulesthey set the pace.”

Of the countless couples who appeared on the show, Fred’s favourites were dancers Frankie and Muhala, who appeared in 2015.

During their date, they discussed the aphrodisiac effects of oysters, only for Frankie to say: “They don’t do that to me, olives do that for me!"

Can we get some olives for her?” Muhala cheekily said to waitress Cici Coleman.

As their date continued, more playful comments came out including Frankie comparing their date toa twerkand chuckling over sexual innuendos.

Muhala (izquierda) and Frankie (derecho) chuckling after an accidental sexual innuendo

Muhala (izquierda) and Frankie (derecho) chuckling after an accidental sexual innuendo

Fred fondly recalls the “really flirty looks” they exchanged despite their romance being short-lived.

“It was one of the very first ones we filmed, so it was very special and they hit it off straight away," él dice. “I will always remember those flirty looks, that date was so much fun.”

First Dates fans will be relieved to know that staff genuine like each other and Fred insists they are “like family”.

“When you’re in a restaurant like ours, which is well-run, you’re like a family, it’s an extension of your own family," él dice.

“But we all have to perform and every one of us has a responsibility, we must be disciplined, motivated and keep the vision and values of the restaurant.”

Favourite English dish

During his decades in hospitality, Fred has tasted an abundance of tasty treats but says French food is still his favourite.

“It’s in my DNA and is part of my culture,” él dijo. “I’ve been eating this food since I was a little boy when my mum would cook delicious French recipes.

Fred’s favourite dishes as steak tartare and oysters but he’s quick to point out that British food is not “bland”, as is often claimed.

“Sunday roasts are delicious, you have beautiful crumbles, toad in the hole, all of which I love and sometimes cook myself," él dice.

Fans were shocked by to see photographs of Fred during his younger years

Fans were shocked by to see photographs of Fred during his younger yearsCrédito: instagram

One of Fred’s other main passions is travelling – he’s currently partnered up with BewareOfTheBugs.com, which advises people on travel health and vaccination requirements.

Fred says: “I love going on holiday but it’s really important to make sure you have the right injections – life really is too short not to pay attention to something like this.

Fred’s been fortunate enough to avoid contracting a disease overseas but had a few bad encounters while backpacking in his twenties.

Él dice: “I’ve been to places where the food tastes good but their hygiene levels are dodgyI caught a stomach bug that left me sitting on the toilet all day.”

But those experiences haven’t stopped him and like 34 per cent of the nation, he intends to tick items off his bucket list this year.

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Fred says: “I’d love to meet the gorillas in central Africa, which I’m organising, and I’d like to go to Argentinacan you imagine dancing the tango there?”

For more information on travel safety, health and vaccinations, visitar: www.bewareofthebugs.com.

First Dates Fred Sirieix’s four tips for dating success

FINDING love is not always as easy at it appears, as the singletons who have appeared on First Dates will know.

But according to maitre d’ matchmaker Fred, “it’s not rocket science” cualquiera, so he’s given Sun readers his four top tips

1) Your expressionsYou’ve got to engage with your date using eye contact and smiling is very important

2) Your attitude – You’ve got to make the effort first, it’s definitely your job to be charming and not the other way around

3) Your words – If you like somebody and you’re attracted to them, you have to tell them. How will people know you like or love them if you never say it.

4) Your love story – When you love someone you should tell them every day. You must tell them every day. It’s simple and basic but it’s key. If people know that they will reciprocate back and love will flow

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