Who'll find love on our blind date?

Who’ll find love on our blind date? This week it’s Maria, 55 and Brian, 49 but will romance be on the cards?

  • Every week, FEMAIL asks two singletons to report back from their blind date 
  • This week Maria, 55 and Brian, 49 shared the outcome of their date in the UK 
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Maria, 55, has been married twice, but has been single for two years

VITAL STATISTICS 

Divorced with three children, 32, 28 and 12.

CURRENT ROLE 

Carer for my autistic daughter.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET 

A man who is mature but also young at heart.

I often go for younger men because I feel much younger than I am and have plenty of energy.

MARIA’S VERDICT: 10/10 

LIKED? I can’t fault him.

REGRETS? None.

COFFEE OR CAB? I’d meet him for a friendly coffee.

MARIA, 55

Dating past?

I’ve been married twice, but I’ve been single for two years.

My second husband was 15 years younger than me, and my last long relationship was with a man 25 years my junior, so I seem to have a type.

I’m impulsive and fearless. When I’m in a relationship, I give 100 per cent.

Pre-Date Nerves?

Not at all — I was excited. I wore a green dress and high boots so I felt confident.

I had told a few friends about it, but not my kids or family in case they worried about me.

First Impressions?

I thought Brian was attractive with a warm smile.

He was dressed smartly and, although I’d been held up, he showed no irritation — we had an instant strong connection.

He’s perfect on paper — young at heart and looks young for his age, just like me.

Easy To Talk To?

I don’t think there was a single second when we had nothing to say.

It was like meeting my twin, from the way we think to the way our lives have turned out.

We both have a chihuahua, have 12-year-old children, and our picky kids even like the same food.

We’re both interested in the laws of attraction, too (the theory that positive thoughts can bring positive things into a person’s life).

It was so easy and fun, there was hardly time to eat. I didn’t get home until midnight.

Embarrassing Moments?

Not really.

Did Sparks Fly?

In terms of how well we got on, yes — but I don’t think it was a romantic connection.

I wasn’t disappointed, as we had a fantastic time.

We were still chatting on the Tube, but I had to run for my train so we ended the night with a hug and didn’t even swap numbers.

Would you like to meet again?

Definitely, but not in a romantic way.

I almost wish I had felt that connection as he was perfect in so many ways — but if it’s not there, you can’t force it.

He will make the ideal partner for a very lucky lady.

What do you think he thought of you?

I could tell that he liked my company.

Would your family and friends like him?

I think they would, because he is very easy-going. I certainly didn’t see any red flags.

Divorced with a son, 26, a daughter, 12, and a grandson.

CURRENT ROLE

Sales director.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

My ideal woman would have her own grown-up children and want to blend our lives. As for looks, there is more to a woman than Botox.

BRIAN’S VERDICT: 7/10

LIKED? Her outlook on life,

her personality, her company.

REGRETS? None.

COFFEE OR CAB? Coffee.

BRIAN, 49

Dating past?

I haven’t been in a meaningful relationship since my wife and I split seven years ago.

I think that, because I look OK for my age, women sometimes think they’re not good enough.

They just assume I’ll cheat, but I’ve never been unfaithful.

Pre-Date Nerves?

I don’t get nervous, although I arrived early and had a couple of drinks beforehand.

I like to look smart for a date, so I wore a roll-neck and a jacket with chinos.

First Impressions?

Maria was a little late but looked attractive in her green dress.

She was older than I expected and quite tall in her boots.

We kissed on the cheek and settled down to chat very quickly.

She’s not my usual type, but I was drawn to her lovely eyes.

Easy To Talk To?

She is fantastic company and we’ve got a lot in common.

I could have talked to her all night.

There wasn’t funny banter as such — likely down to our different cultures, as she is Swedish — but it was an interesting chat.

I recently moved house so my son, his partner and my grandson could live with me, but before that I got a little chihuahua, Buddy, to keep me company. 

Maria has a chihuahua, too, so we talked about them a lot, and swapped photos of our kids.

Embarrassing Moments?

Maria doesn’t drink much and I had a few more proseccos than her, but I think that’s just me being self-conscious.

Did Sparks Fly?

I don’t think they did for either of us if I’m honest.

I can be a bit flirty with the right woman, but I didn’t feel that way.

I was happy to be there, though, because she’s a lovely person.

We both agreed that we’ve been unlucky in love but have lovely children from it.

Would you like to meet again?

Yes, as a friend, because she’s excellent company.

What do you think she thought of you?

Maybe she thought I drank too much.

Would your family and friends like her?

They’d all like her, but wouldn’t necessarily pair her with me.

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