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Rylan Clark’s ex-husband Dan to launch new dating show after marriage split


Rylan Clark’s ex-husband Dan Neal is set to launch a brand new dating show months after his split from the TV star.

Rylan’s TV producer ex, 42, is working on a programme called Dates With Mates.

Dan is said to be throwing himself into work following his split from 33 year old TV star Rylan last year and he has said he “can’t wait to play cupid”.

The new show is made by BBC Studios for UKTV’s W channel and will see four single friends sit down for dinner and have a new love interest served up with each course.



Rylan's ex-husband Dan Neal is set to launch a new dating show
Rylan’s ex-husband Dan Neal is set to launch a new dating show

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A source told The Sun: “Throwing yourself into work is always a good plan after a break-up. But quite why Dan’s chosen to do that with a dating show I have no idea.

“But it’s a fun concept. At the end of dinner, the dates return to ask out only one of the four.

“As you can imagine, this final scene always causes loads of drama.”



Dan Neal said he "can't wait to play cupid"
Dan Neal said he “can’t wait to play cupid”

And Rylan’s ex Dan said of the show: “Dates may come and go, while friends are there for the long haul. But that doesn’t stop us looking for love again . . . and again.

“In this show, we date with our friends by our side and I can’t wait to help play Cupid.”

Dan and Supermarket Sweep star Rylan, who recently spilled on a secret feud with a mystery actor, met on the 14th series of Big Brother when Dan was a contestant on the show and interviewed on the spin-off Big Mouth after his eviction.

Dan popped the question a year later during a trip to Paris and the pair married in 2015.



Dan and Rylan split last year
Dan and Rylan split last year

But, last year Rylan confirmed the couple’s decision to part ways and has recently discussed how “dangerously thin” he got after the break-up, but has since overhauled his lifestyle.

He said: “I got ill and I lost weight, I went down to under ten stone — and I’m six feet four inches, so that’s not good.

“The honest truth is that it’s been s**t.

“I didn’t deal with what happened and now I am. I felt unwell and it was a very difficult time for me.”



Rylan Clark admitted he lost weight after not dealing with the breakdown of his marriage
Rylan Clark admitted he lost weight after not dealing with the breakdown of his marriage



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Rylan also explained how his mum Linda, whom he’s appeared on Gogglebox with, has been his rock throughout the breakup.

He said: “My mum was majorly worried about me, as were all my family.

“I don’t just disappear for four months — that doesn’t just happen.

“Mum has been a lifesaver to me and one of my biggest regrets of this year was putting my mum through me not being well.

“I needed to get back to me.”

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