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Viewers Are Left 'In Bits' By Acid Attack Victim Who Found Love On 'First Dates’

Viewers Are Left 'In Bits' By Acid Attack Victim Who Found Love On 'First Dates’

Fans of First Dates have been left 'in bits' by a heartwarming story about a woman who survived an acid attack and found love on the programme.

In the Valentine's Day special that aired on Thursday night, viewers were enthralled by the story of part time model Sophie Hall, 23, who hit it off with Bailey, 24, while enjoying a romantic meal.

The couple even ended up revealing intimate details about their lives to each other.

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"I've only ever had one boyfriend," Sophie revealed behind the scenes. "but I would like to have somebody with me, to face challenges with."

When Sophie started telling Bailey about her experience in the world of beauty pageants, she also opened up about the horrific acid attack she was caught up in in 2017.

'First Dates' contestants Sophie and Bailey (Credit: Channel 4)
'First Dates' contestants Sophie and Bailey (Credit: Channel 4)

"A year ago, I was caught up in the crossfire of an acid attack in a nightclub in London," she told Bailey. "I was out dancing and got it in my face and body."

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"I could smell burning. I started to think 'I really hope that's not acid. Please don't be.' But it was."

"All I could hear was people going 'Oh my God, what's on her face?' And I couldn't see it. I hadn't seen it myself. And I could tell that they were talking about me."

Sophie added that the pain she felt at the time was indescribable and that the past year had been the "most horrific year" as she showed pictures of how her face looked on her phone.

Sophie showed photos of the attack on her phone (Credit: Channel 4)
Sophie showed photos of the attack on her phone (Credit: Channel 4)
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"Seeing that for the first time in the mirror was the hardest thing I had to go through, for sure.

"I want to do something really positive now so I ended up entering Miss England for charity."

Sophie was caught up in the attack during the Easter weekend when TOWIE star Ferne McCann's ex Arthur Collins threw acid over her and 21 other people in an east London nightclub.

Arthur Collins was jailed for 20 years after the acid attack in 2017 (Credit: PA)
Arthur Collins was jailed for 20 years after the acid attack in 2017 (Credit: PA)
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Sophie was left with burns to her face and body and spent 10 months going to hospital every single week.

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As she revealed her story, Bailey showed his support telling her she should be proud of all that she had achieved.

He told her, "I think what's happened and where you've come from, it's really cool."

"You should definitely be proud."

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And viewers loved their onscreen chemistry, taking to Twitter to gush about the cute couple.

Sophie broke down in tears as she described the acid attack (Credit: Channel 4)
Sophie broke down in tears as she described the acid attack (Credit: Channel 4)



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The date went well for both Sophie and Bailey, with both admitting they enjoyed the experience.

"I didn't imagine a blind date to go so well," admitted Sophie. "Everything I said I was looking for in a man, he's got."

While Bailey agreed: "As far as first dates for, I think this is probably the best one I could ever have imagined."

Sophie and Bailey have been on a second date since the show (Credit: Channel 4)
Sophie and Bailey have been on a second date since the show (Credit: Channel 4)

So, will the two see each other again?

They both agreed they would like to meet up again and, according to the end credits, they went for a nightcap after the meal and have met up for a second date in London.

Now the cute couple are planning a third date.

So, were you rooting for these two? Please, Channel 4, can we have a sequel?

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

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