Dermot O'Leary reveals his woman troubles

'The X Factor' host Dermot O'Leary says he didn't have many girlfriends growing up and was instead more interested in sports

Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary

Dermot O'Leary didn't have many girlfriends growing up.

'The X Factor' host says that rather than spending his teenage years trying to charm girls, he was more interested in watching football and "having fun".

Dermot, 41, told The Sun newspaper: "Mates of mine who had girlfriends when I was growing up always seemed to be going to their parents or grandparents for dinner.

"That sort of thing terrified me."

The presenter, who first rose to prominence on Channel 4 show T4, admits the lack of attention he received from girls in his younger days has impacted his emotional wellbeing.

He explained: "I didn't grow up as a good-looking guy. Girls weren't interested in me at school.

"So I probably just didn't find the right person. And that has made me emotionally stunted."

The presenter, who married TV producer Dee Koppang in 2012, also admits he'd make a rubbish contestant on 'The X Factor'.

He said: "I'd be one of those contestants people think shouldn't have gone through because they're too happy. I'm a dust-yourself-down kind of guy.

"My dad is like that. He's from that post-war generation where you don't talk about (miserable) stuff, you just get on with it."


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