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First Dates' Fred Sirieix admits he was 'worried' about daughter Andrea ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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Fred Sirieix has admitted he was ‘worried’ for his daughter Andrea after being unable to travel to Japan to watch her compete for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics. 

The First Dates star, 49, said on Monday’s Lorraine that he’s ‘so proud’ of his daughter he ‘has to pinch himself,’ despite fears around the competition due to the Covid pandemic.

After Andrea finished in seventh place in the women’s 10m diving final, Fred said: ‘I’m so proud I have to pinch myself sometimes. She works so hard she is the seventh best female diver in the country and to watch her at the Olympics.’

'So proud': Fred Sirieix has admitted he was 'worried' for his daughter Andrea after being unable to travel to Japan to watch her compete for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics

‘So proud’: Fred Sirieix has admitted he was ‘worried’ for his daughter Andrea after being unable to travel to Japan to watch her compete for Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics

Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix landed the seventh place position at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Women’s 10m platform diving final last month.

‘I was really worried before the show, I was worried we couldn’t go there and worried about Covid and the day before my nerves went completely gone and I was at ease.’ 

He continued, telling Lorraine: ‘I knew she was going to go through to the semi-finals and then I knew she was going to make it through to the finals.’

Wow! Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, 16, landed the seventh place position at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Women's 10m platform diving final last month

Wow! Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix, 16, landed the seventh place position at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Women’s 10m platform diving final last month

Revealing all: The French maître d' said on Monday's Lorraine: 'I'm so proud I have to pinch myself sometimes. She works so hard she is the 7th best female diver in the country'

Revealing all: The French maître d’ said on Monday’s Lorraine: ‘I’m so proud I have to pinch myself sometimes. She works so hard she is the 7th best female diver in the country’

‘But when she jumps from that height it is scary, it is very high, it is not normal,’ he admitted.

‘She has that single mindedness of a champion, she has a champion mindset but at the end of the day it is nothing to do with her mum or myself – it is her. 

‘She is very dedicated to her diving and her school, she had incredible GCSE results so it is just win-win all round for her.’

Fred’s daughter was the youngest diver in team GB and was presented with the Young Sports Personality of the Year award on Blue Peter last December.

Youngest diver: Fred's daughter was the youngest diver in team GB and was presented with the Young Sports Personality of the Year award on Blue Peter last December

Youngest diver: Fred’s daughter was the youngest diver in team GB and was presented with the Young Sports Personality of the Year award on Blue Peter last December

Tokyo marked one of the first times that Fred was unable to watch his daughter compete, as spectators are not allowed in the stadiums due to the pandemic.

However, Fred supportively wished her luck ahead of her competition in Tokyo.

Fred shares daughter Andrea and son Lucien, 10, with his ex Alex, who he was with for 12 years. 

Family: Fred shares daughter Andrea and son Lucien, 10 (pictured right), with his ex Alex, who he was with for 12 years

Family: Fred shares daughter Andrea and son Lucien, 10 (pictured right), with his ex Alex, who he was with for 12 years

Elsewhere, the front-of-house member spoke about the return of First Dates to Channel 4 – confirming that filming for a new season is about to begin.

‘We are actually about to start a new series so you can go apply online because we are looking for new daters.’

He also explained that the reason why audience members have loved the show for a whole six seasons is because ‘love is such a basic and simple need’.  

First Dates: Elsewhere, the front-of-house member spoke about the Channel 4 show - confirming that filming for a new season is about to begin

First Dates: Elsewhere, the front-of-house member spoke about the Channel 4 show – confirming that filming for a new season is about to begin

‘Love is such a basic and simple need, just like breathing air and drinking water. If you are bored of love, you’re bored of life and that’s why we love first dates because it means so well.’ 

He added: ‘This is what you do in the restaurant business, you have to make people feel welcome. But in this show, it’s like their last hope and they trust us and trust is the basis of love.

‘If you don’t give that trust to ensure people can succeed, it’s not going to work.’

Love: He also explained that the reason why audience members have loved the show for a whole six seasons is because 'love is such a basic and simple need'

Love: He also explained that the reason why audience members have loved the show for a whole six seasons is because ‘love is such a basic and simple need’

He also said: ‘When it works it’s high fives all around and that’s why people come to the restaurant because they think it’s going to work so we have a responsibility.’

‘Some people are shy, they lack confidence so they rely on us so it’s up to us to deliver.’

‘When people come to the First Dates restaurant, they want us to find that person and we want to find it and they trust us so much.’ 

Coming soon: Elsewhere, the front-of-house member spoke about the return of First Dates to Channel 4 - confirming that filming for a new season is about to begin

Coming soon: Elsewhere, the front-of-house member spoke about the return of First Dates to Channel 4 – confirming that filming for a new season is about to begin

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