A singleton was horrified when her dishy doctor date turned into a rude Romeo as he branded her a ‘childish idiot’ – for admitting she watched Love Island.
Charlotte Brown, 27, from Strood in Kent, claims she had been chatting to her match, known only as ‘Andrew’, for less than a day when he got angry because she spurned his offer of a chat on the phone to watch Love Island.
She has watched every season of the ‘addictive’ programme and hoped to find her own date to couple up with – but Andrew claimed it was ‘diabolical’.
In WhatsApp messages exchanged between the pair after meeting on dating app Hinge, Andrew lamented that Charlotte had been ‘doing so well’ until she mentioned the ‘vile, shallow programme’.
Charlotte Brown, 27, from Strood, in Kent, revealed a Hinge match called her an idiot for liking the ‘diabolical’ show Love Island
In screenshots of the conversation shared by Charlotte, the match, known only as Andrew, called her ‘childish’ and ‘idiot’ after repeatedly telling her she was wrong for liking the show
Charlotte apologised and said that she couldn’t change what she liked but she simply enjoyed the drama – but this only riled the 35-year-old more.
Andrew claimed he absolutely ‘loathed’ the show because he is a trained therapist and pompously informed Charlotte that she did not know what she was talking about.
Despite Charlotte repeatedly asking him to drop the subject in a bid to avoid a row, Andrew branded her ‘sarcastic, rude and childish’ – then proceeded to block her.
The tantrum wasn’t over there however, as Andrew then had the audacity to report Charlotte on the dating app over her behaviour.
The conversation started innocuously enough, with Charlotte telling Andrew she could not call him later because she was watching TV, and would be watching Love Island later
Andrew, apparently heated by the fact Charlotte liked the reality TV show, started arguing that the show was ‘diabolical’ and vile
Charlotte said: ‘I thought we got on really well. He’s meant to be a doctor, he’s self-employed. I thought he had his head screwed on, he was an older guy.
‘I thought the vibe there was quite good. So when it happened, I thought, “Oh, okay then, another crazy”.
‘We’d been speaking since the night before. It was probably about a day. We hadn’t met up yet.
‘It’s worrying because he was trying to impress me so why act like that? You’re not going to bag a date with anyone acting like that.
Charlotte said she felt she had bagged ‘another crazy’ after her Hinge match started to rant about the show
The man doubled-down and said his ‘trained therapist’ and him loathed the show. At this point, Charlotte said she was ‘done’ with the conversation
‘It’s the way he was going “please stop”, as if I was arguing with him. The man was crazy. It was very odd.
‘He’d asked if he could call me at about 7pm. I said to him I was watching a film with my brother and I was watching Love Island after, so it was best to give me a call the following day.
‘He said, “That’s fine, I can call you tomorrow. You were doing so well until you mentioned that vile programme”.
‘I said, “Okay, yeah I get that it’s shallow and the people on there it’s based on their image, but I thrive on the drama as many people do”. It spiralled on from there.
Andrew then attacked Charlotte because she was still not agreeing with his opinion of the show
‘He said it was a grotesque programme and was bombarding me with the messages.
‘I kept saying to him, “I don’t want to get into it, I’m not particularly fussed, I just watch it” and it kept going on and on and on.
‘The whole thing ended with him calling me an idiot and then blocking me.
‘He messaged me on a dating site saying, “You’re clearly a very angry woman”, and he blocked and reported me on the dating site as well. I was like, whatever.’
The romancer later unblocked her, apologised and asked if they could start again.
But Charlotte, who has been single for 18 months, claimed he had shown too many red flags for controlling behaviour in the chat and ignored him.
Charlotte, who works as a business administrator, said: ‘The weirdest thing is that the guy blocked me on WhatsApp, and then unblocked me and apologised and said he understands he was completely irrational and it’s his fault and he’s sorry.
‘I just ignored it and I was like “whatever”. He messaged again saying, “Can we start over?”. It made me think it was clearly controlling behaviour.
In a surprising U-turn, Andrew blocked and unblocked Charlotte after a few days, apologised and asked to start again, but she would not take him back
‘He was trying to make me feel like I was in the wrong, block me as punishment and then make me feel like he was giving me a second chance because I was in the wrong.
‘We hadn’t been on a date. It was very early on in the conversation. I had seen photos of him on Hinge. We got on so well on the dating site but I didn’t respond very well on the pictures.
‘He sent a message saying, “Why don’t you compliment me? Why is it always the men who have to compliment the women?” and going off on it.
‘I thought he might be a bit sensitive about his looks so I let that one go, but then he went off on me about Love Island and I thought, “Nope, that’s done”.
‘I think he just didn’t like the fact that I didn’t cower down and agree with him. I think he was expecting me to go, “Oh yeah, I agree, let’s carry on talking”, but I’m not like that.
Charlotte said she felt Andrew’s behaviour was very controlling, and that he just could not take the fact she would agree just to appease him
‘In a way I’m glad because it’s happened now and I haven’t got to deal with a situation where I’ve got feelings for someone and they’ve acted in that way and I’ve got to try and get rid of them.
‘I don’t know this guy. He has no relevance to my life whatsoever, so it’s quite easy to just say goodbye.’
Speaking in March 2019, Love Island producers said: ‘Care for our Islanders is a process the show takes very seriously and is a continuous process for all those taking part in the show.
‘We ensure that all of our contributors are able to access psychological support before, during and after appearing on the show. The programme will always provide ongoing support when needed and where appropriate.
‘We also discuss at length with all of our Islanders, before and after the show, how their lives might change and they have access to support and advice to help with this.’