Strictly’s Saffron Barker: ‘I’m going out of my dating comfort zone!’
Strictly Come Dancing star Saffron Barker has revealed that she’s pushing herself to new limits when it comes to dating as she searches for romance.
The YouTube personality, who boasts a whopping 2.47M subscribers on the video streaming platform and has recently brought out her second collection with Abbott Lyon, strutted onto the BBC dancing competition with confidence back in 2019 – but admits she struggles to bring the same oomph in her personal life.
Chatting with OK! This week, the star admitted that she had ‘never been on a date in her life’ before recently. “Dates always really scared me, I hate awkward silences and find it so uncomfortable,” she shared.
Saffron presents a podcast, dubbed Sex, Lies and DM Slides, with pal and fellow social media star Anastasia Kingsnorth. Preparing to return for another season, the duo will be dishing the dirt on their dating lives – with Saffron amping up the ante on hers just in time.
“We’re going to be focusing on our own single stories on the podcast and I couldn’t have done that before because, during season one, I’d never gone on a date in my life”, admits the star.
Continuing: “But now I’m going on dates and using the excuse that it’s research for the podcast. I’ve not had any bad dating experiences, they’ve been good but nothing has come out of any of the dates. I’m just proud of myself for actually going on them and going out of my comfort zone.
“I always thought that I would meet someone organically and in person rather than on the dating scene. I didn’t think that I would be able to date but I’m getting better at it, although I’ve only been on about 3 so it’s still a work in progress!”
While Saffron may keep her personal life under wraps, it has been a subject on the minds of fans in the past – as a number of rumoured and past romances hit headlines.
She sparked rumours of a romance with former Gogglebox star Tom Malone Jr at the beginning of the year as the duo shared a number of close snaps to social media. Shutting the claims down, Saffron explained: "Me and Tom are just friends, I don’t really mind the dating rumours that much because we can laugh about them. There are worse rumours to be said about yourself."
The internet star also found herself at the centre of discussion during last summer's Love Island as her ex Luca Bish entered the villa, sending fans into a frenzy as they realised the connection.
Would Saffron every follow in Luca's footsteps and take part in the show? It's a hard no from the blonde beauty, who admits: "I would never go on Love Island, I don’t think I could flirt on camera, I don’t know how people do it. I also wouldn’t want my parents and family watching me flirt with people. I would cringe at myself."
Aside from her busy dating life, Saffron recently released her second collaboration collection with jewellery brand Abbott Lyon – sharing her joy at working with the brand during our chat. "I love jewellery to jazz up my outfits, I feel like you can wear the most basic thing and it will look put together with the right accessories," she explained while detailing the collection.
The summer Resort collection features a range of gold and silver pieces, alongside personalised tote bags. "This time I said I really wanted to have mixed metals because I wear silver and gold. I think it’s really fashionable to mix them both, so, we have some pieces with twisted silver and gold which I love. I had a lot of creative control with the collection, I wouldn’t put my name to something that I didn’t genuinely love and had control over."
The full collection is available at https://www.abbottlyon.com/ now
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