DATING DILEMMA Deirdre Reynolds: Why Greg O'Shea's 'go-Dutch' courage is a turn-off
"Here's the point that guys like Greg always seem to miss, however: it's not about the money. It's about gauging from the get-go whether you're more Mr Tight than Mr Right"
If you think going on national television in your budgie smugglers looking for love is brave, that's nothing compared to Greg O'Shea's latest outing.
The age-old first date debate was reignited this week after the former Love Island bombshell bemoaned women who fail to flash the cash at the end of a romantic dinner date.
Limerick lad Greg famously hit it off with Amber Gill on the reality TV show in 2019, with the Geordie lass - who topped the public vote - opting to split the £50,000 prize money down the middle.
Now the former rugby union player is looking for someone who's willing to go 'halvsies' on dates too after recently splitting from British influencer Kate Hutchins after two years.
Revealing he's "nowhere near" as minted as people think since winning the reality TV show, the 26 year-old told: "If I go on a date with girls they always expect me to pay, and I will initially because I asked them on the date, but it gets to a stage where it's like right, 'It's the 21st century, you're making more money than me'.
"People expect that I'll be the one paying for the drinks and it's not their fault. They know I did the show and there are assumptions made," he added.
Even in 2022, it's an admission that could see any man left alone by the villa's famous firepit.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, one survey of heterosexual couples found that 78pc still think that men should pony up on the first date, and interestingly more men (85pc) than women (72pc) agree.
For reference, fellas, that will set you back an average of €70, according to a separate study.
Here's the point that guys like Greg always seem to miss, however: it's not about the money. It's about gauging from the get-go whether you're more Mr Tight than Mr Right.
No research is needed to show that Irish women will happily come to body blows with female friends to pick up the cheque in cafes and restaurants up and down the country. Woe betide the man who takes our limp efforts to go Dutch at the end of the night seriously though.
Shower dodging, phone addiction and wearing shoes without socks are all turnaroundable. But, even though we're not meant to admit it, meanness in a man is the ultimate turn-off.
At least single Greg didn't go quite as far as the Tinder user once outed for demanding a €4 refund from London blogger Lauren Crouch after their coffee date failed to go anywhere.
Still, as virtual dates become real-life dates once more, here's my honest advice to Romeos everywhere: fork up or fork off.
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