Instagram influencer shares lockdown dating horror stories

Singleton reveals how lockdown has RUINED dating because men have ‘let themselves go’, harass women in the supermarket because bars are shut and use Zoom to cheat on their girlfriends

  • Jodie Weston, 27, who has appeared on Channel 5’s Rich Kids Go Skint, has opened up about her string of bad Tinder dates
  • The DJ and radio presenter, from London, was forced to resort to online and virtual dating amid the coronavirus pandemic 
  • But the Instagram influencer has said that so far it’s been a complete disaster

An Instagram influencer has revealed the horrors of dating in lockdown including receiving more than 100 explicit pictures and being chatted up at the supermarket in front of her mother.

Jodie Weston, 27, who has appeared on Channel 5’s Rich Kids Go Skint, has opened up about her string of bad Tinder dates.

The DJ and radio presenter, from London, was forced to resort to online and virtual dating amid the coronavirus pandemic – but she says that so far it’s been a complete disaster.

Jodie Weston, 27, (pictured) who has appeared on Channel 5’s Rich Kids Go Skint, has opened up about her string of bad Tinder dates

‘Since the start of the pandemic, I’ve been on around eight dates,’ Jodie, who has nearly 100,000 followers on Instagram, said.

‘I like to do a bit of a screening process before meeting up, if I’ve met someone on a dating app, and check they aren’t a total lunatic.

‘I also chat for a while to make sure we will get on during the date.

‘There’s nothing worse than getting to a first date and sitting in awkward silence.’

However, she admits her vetting process hasn’t been very successful, given the the disasters she’s encountered.   

Jodie recalled the time she went on a Zoom call date and noticed a lady unexpectedly walking past the camera – and quickly realised it was her date’s girlfriend.

The DJ and radio presenter (pictured), from London, was forced to resort to online and virtual dating amid the coronavirus pandemic – but she says that so far it’s been a complete disaster

‘I was on a Zoom date during the height of the pandemic and things were going okay,’ Jodie explained.

‘We were having a nice chat about our daily walks and why it’s important to stay positive in the pandemic.

‘Then all of a sudden, a girl walked across the back of the screen and he continued talking while I glared into the screen.

‘Then after realising what I was glaring at, he turned around, then quickly shut the laptop screen and ended the Zoom chat because she was obviously his girlfriend.’

Jodie has also received over 100 explicit pictures in her Instagram DMs this year alone.

She said: ‘In my lifetime I’ve had at least 500 d*** pics but this year probably about 100.


Jodie (left and right) claims to have received over 100 explicit pictures in her Instagram DMs this year alone and said that men have often ‘aggressively’ approached her when walking down the street with her mother

Jodie (pictured) believes the ‘calibre’ of men has gone down since the pandemic as many have started to ‘let themselves go’ with gyms being closed and them taking on a lazy lifestyle

‘The average per year has definitely gone up during the pandemic.

‘My DMs are always getting those message alerts when someone tries to DM you on Instagram for the first time which say “This image is blurred for your protection”.

‘Then sometimes I choose not to accept the message in case it’s a d*** pic, but then sometimes it’s accompanied by a normal message so I’ll think “Oh the picture he is trying to send me is probably something innocent like a selfie”.

‘Then I’ll accept it and have some ugly penis staring at me!

‘It’s really not what you need to see when you’re waking up or anytime of the day for that matter.’

‘I will usually block the guy instantly or say “ergh” then block him!

‘It’s just so unnecessary, I don’t know why guys do it. I’ve never met a woman who has said, “Oh my god, a guy sent me a d*** pic and I just loved it’.

‘Imagine a girl sending a stranger a picture of her vagina and nothing else. It just wouldn’t happen.’

Jodie also recalled men ‘aggressively’ approaching her when walking down the street with her mother – and the times she has been harassed by staff at the supermarket.

The 29-year-old was asked for her number at the yoghurt aisle, calling supermarkets the ‘no-go zone’ during the pandemic because men constantly chat her up.

She said: ‘I’ve been aggressively approached by more men than usual even when I’ve been walking down the street with my mum.

‘They’ve just straight out asked for my number in front of her or when I’ve been in the supermarket with my mum guys have said things like “Hey sexy, what you up to after shopping?” and “love your legs” in front of her.

‘I even got chatted up by the security man in Sainsbury’s when my mum was stood next to me.

‘Probably because the supermarket was one of the only places open, so certain men thought they’d try their luck any which way they could.

‘In the first lockdown, the supermarket was like a no-go zone because I’d be in the yoghurt aisle and have people keep asking for my number.

Jodie believes the ‘calibre’ of men has gone down since the pandemic as many have started to ‘let themselves go’ with gyms being closed and them taking on a lazy lifestyle.

She said: ‘My love life is pretty tragic right now but I think the calibre of men has gone down since the start of the pandemic.

‘I think people have started to let themselves go, with gyms being closed for ages and then the law coming into a place where you have to wear masks in all public enclosed spaces.

‘A lot of men have stopped working out altogether, obviously alcohol and fast food consumption has gone up due to boredom and anxieties towards the future of the economy which is also bad for the physique.

‘As a lot of people are on furlough, they’ve also started cutting their hair themselves and not bought any new clothes since before lockdown in March.

‘So grooming levels and effort in their presentation has gone down a lot.’

Despite all her crazy dating experiences, Jodie is still looking for the right man to pursue her and take up the challenge to win her affection.

She added: ‘I want a guy with a pretty face, lots of ambition and loyal.

‘I also like a guy who will pursue me, as I don’t like to do the chasing, so he’s got to be up for the challenge and the rollercoaster, which is me and my life, but it’s a ride worth getting on.’

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