LITTLE Mix fans were left open-mouthed after spotting Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s mum on First Dates Hotel.
The mother-of-three soon opened up about her close relationship with Leigh-Anne during the show.
Admitting she was hoping to meet “the man of my dreams” on the show, Debbie called her famous daughter for a catch-up before meeting her mystery date.
The Shout Out To My Ex singer said: “I’ve got a good feeling about this mum – it’s gonna be good,” before questioning what her she was wearing for the date.
Debbie was paired with stationery sales manager Rob, as the duo hit it off on the date, with the latter being slightly taken aback by the famous revelation.
But insisting they are a “normal family”, Debbie explained to her date: “She doesn’t get the singing voice from me, but I love singing.
“Since she’s been a pop star we’ve had some really good fun, we’ve been on tour and gone to America and it’s been fun.
“I’ll never ever get over being the mum of a pop star, I love it.
“But I need to be normal to keep Leigh-Anne normal. She’s a global star, but is always gonna be my baby.”
She continued: “We’re so lucky that she’s done so well, but that’s her life and everyone else gets on with their life.
“She is famous, but she’s a normal girl underneath and we’re a normal family.”
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Rob didn’t appear to be fazed by the fame, as the pair locked lips during the episode and even appeared to continue their romance on return to the UK.
And eagle-eyed viewers of the show took to Twitter to share their shock at Debbie’s appearance, as one questioned: “Oh my god. Leigh-Anne’s mum was on first dates?”
Despite airing this week, the episode appeared to have been filmed around three years ago, with Debbie referring to Leigh-Anne, who is now 30, as a 27-year-old.