Ahead of the premier of Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion this evening, dating expert Anna Williamson has opened up exclusive to heatworld about how Curtis Pritchard is dealing with his ex, Maura Higgins, moving on with mutual pal Chris Taylor after he admitted to “breaking down” on the sofa.
“Curtis didn’t know who he was,” she says. “He came into our agency, he had his eyes brimming with tears, he was fidgety, and he looked like a lost puppy.
“I’m trained to feel tension and stress and to help people emotionally unload. He was like a pent up firework of emotion, it was quite obvious he needed to unload.”
“He had a lot of speculation around him and he’d never really spoken about his relationship and breakup with Maura, not even really to himself. He was being very open, and [he] sat there and burst into tears.
“Curtis is a really, really nice guy. You could tell the relief he felt when he was finally able to say how he felt.
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The fall of Stephen Bear
After a few episodes of Stephen Bear acting as Stephen Bear-ish as it's possible to act, Nadia and Eden decided they'd had enough and chucked him out the agency. Good riddance.
Stephen Bear asks for threesome
Speaking of Stephen Bear, remember when he asked those twins for a threesome? Good lord.
Now we think about it, everything Stephen Bear did was outrageous. Poor blue lips...
Joey Essex's burpy date
Some poor old girl who managed to score a date with Joey Essex ended up burping on his face throughout the entire thing. What a nightmare.
Jonathan Cheban dates Kimmy K lookalike
This just couldn't have been more classic, could it? Things (obviously) didn't work out, and Kim Kardashian lookalike Chanelle Sadie Paul ended up having an alleged sordid affair with dating agent Eden Blackman. But that's a whole other story...
Gemma Collins stands up poor old Laurence :(
Gemma Collins successfully managed to anger the entire nation after failing to turn up to the Eurostar for her Parisian date with Laurence.
Joey Essex dates a cougar...
She wanted to dress him as a pony, for some reason.
... and Calum Best dates a cougar
He looks like he had a wonderful time.
Frankie Cocozza and Charlotte Dawson break the rules and date each other
They were the first celebrity couple to hook up with each other on the show. Sadly, it wasn't meant to be. And Frankie is now happily married to someone else.
Their double date ends in awks
Both Frankie and Charlotte's dates ended up walking out of the double date set up by the agents after they couldn't stop gushing about the other.
And then MARRIED EACH OTHER
Yes, this is a real thing that actually happened and the snubbed dates, Kieran Patel and Katie Champ are still together.
Charlotte Dawson bum massage
Charlotte Dawson made an impression (of sorts) on one of her first dates by giving a bum massage in a busy pub. Not sure where that lotion came from.
Calum Best stands his date up
Calum got in hot water with the dating agents after failing to show up to one of his dates.
Gemma Collins storms out of date after he called her 'a diva'
She got up an left like a diva after he called her, er, 'a diva'. Well, she did show up about an hour late...
Charlotte Crosby spits milk during her date
Playing hot sauce roulette on a first date was never going to end well...
Jorgie Porter's date wants to see her on the loo
After telling her that he'd Googled her before the date, Jorgie's date casually mentioned he'd like to watch her on the toilet. Wow.
Courtney Stodden's date gets x-rated
Courtney Stodden shocked viewers after getting her date to rub sun cream on her chest.
Charlotte Crosby dates a massive sexist
When Charlotte told Jeavon (who also dated Love Island's Malin Andersson) that she'd slept with 20 men, he said: "that is bad, for a lad it's not that bad." Despite the fact he claimed to have slept with 50.
Joey Essex and Stephanie Pratt find love with each other
They broke the rules, but was it worth it? Erm. Probably not, no. Because it lasted about two minutes.
Ferne McCann refuses to split the bill
After ordering a frankly humungous amount of food, Ferne didn't offer to help pay the bill at the end of the date. She later burst into tears in the dating agency after the guy gave her a bad review for not doing so.
Tom Read Wilson admits he doesn't know who Kim Kardashian is
Megan McKenna and Pete Wicks reunion
Megan and Pete had a notoriously rocky relationship on TOWIE, so putting them on the same series was a stroke of TV GENIUS.
Kerry Katona's rude date
When Kerry Katona's date implied her children had been a "mistake", she handled it like a pro – but the nation watched from between their fingers.
Jack Fincham and the Waitress
Jack Fincham was set up with a lovely girl called Carol by the agents, but admitted by the end he wasn't feeling it. Instead he got the barmaid's number, and ended up taking her to the final in Tenerife.
Jack Fincham's first date
Jack Fincham abruptly ended the date he wasn't feeling by telling his date he was "tired" and had "had enough", before demanding she finish her glass of wine en route to the door.
Jack Fincham's second date
He then got set up with an Italian called Chiara, but quickly took offense when she made a joke about one of the bartenders, calling them over and insisting she'd rather be on a date with them, instead.
Lee Ryan gets pied
Ha! Ha, ha ha.
Lady C's sexual innuendos
Just like narrator Rob Beckett said, the woman is an absolute SAUCE POT - just check out her traffic light analogy. Blimey.
Malique Thompson-Dwyer's 'predatory' flirting
After getting slammed by viewers for his 'predatory' flirting at the first mixer, Malique offended one of his dates when he was forced to date two women at the same time, and made his preference for Jakeeme clear - with Danica storming off as a result. awks.
Tom's birth affirmations
Anna Williamson is heavily pregnant in series eight and so lovable receptionist Tom devises some birth affirmations in case her waters break at work - "which could happen", points out Anna.
Amy Childs showed her deep and intellectual side...
When she asked her date, "If you were a sandwich, what would you be?"
Malique ACTUALLY fell in love!
And then immediately fell out of it the following morning, after he "had sex all night" with his date, Jakeeme. He was - quite rightfully - told off by Anna and Paul.
Liv Bentley walked out on her date
He was "late, stand-offish and entirely humourless" (fair), but his incessant talk of "pumping" was the final straw for Liv, who left halfway through (also fair).
But he was totally convinced she was into him
Despite Liv doing a runner in the middle of their drinks, self-confident Otto was still convinced Liv fancied him and accused her of making "f-ck me eyes" across the table. CRINGE.
Amy Childs' toilet 'romp' with Jamie
Does this take the biscuit for CGD's most outrageous moment? During a double date with Olivia Bentley, Amy STRADDLED her date in the restaurant before scuttling off to the toilets, returning later looking dishevelled. They claimed to have only kissed... but we weren't born yesterday, hun.
Paul Carrick Brunson QUITS
Just days after Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion came to end, love guru Paul Carrick Brunson seemingly revealed he's quit the show after a behind the scenes bust-up with one of the show's 'disrespectful' celebs. We need to know more ASAP.
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“He isn’t rude about Maura, he doesn’t speak ill of her. He is respectful but at the same time he holds his own. He’d come in a bit beaten and battered by social media, he’d not said anything, and it was his time to put the record straight.
“And he does.”
Curtis is one of eight famous faces to have signed up to this year’s Big Brother-style series of Celebs Go Dating, with [all the celebs and their potential dates, plus Anna, Paul Carrick-Brunson and Tom Reed-Wilson, as well as all the crew, isolating in a mansion together.](https://heatworld.com/entertainment/tv-movies/celebs-go-dating-isolating-together/ogether/)
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But it sounds as though they weren’t short of space as Anna admits to the property being “probably one of the biggest mansions in the UK”, adding it had “all the bits and pieces that we could possibly need for Tom to engineer the dates.
“It had a bowling alley, it had a diner, pool tables, it has a lake with rowing boats, bikes for romantic bike rides, we brought in a falconry team so they could do falconry, they could play golf, croquet, hot tub, indoor pool, outdoor pool.”
We can’t wait.