First Dates waitress Cici Coleman says the show has RUINED her love life

The attractive star, 31, claims there's now more pressure on her shoulders when dating than there ever was before she joined the programme.

She told the Mirror: “People assume I’m the perfect date.

“It makes them more nervous. I’ve learned things but it goes out the window on a date.

“Being on the show puts more ­pressure on me. I’m no dating guru. I feel I have to be perfect.”

Cici added that she's now been single for two years – the longest stretch of her adult life.

Earlier this year the trained actress spilled the beans on what really happens behind the scenes of the popular show – including 14 dates a day and gruelling 16-hour shifts.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, she said: "You have to make work fun. It's a long day. We're there 15-16 hours, it's hard work. You've got to pace yourself. If you peak too soon and you've got another eight hours to go it's not going to happen. They do work us very hard."

There is flirting galore between her and co-stars Sam Conrad, Austin Ventour and hunky French maitre d' Fred Siriex inside the swanky Paternoster Chop House in Central London as the staff try and keep upbeat from mid-morning until past midnight.

"Our first dates come into the restaurant at 12 o'clock and we have dates throughout. I could be wrong, but I think there's 14 dates a day, but we do filming before that and after, so our days are super long."

Cici is currently single despite being bombarded with requests on Instagram, which Cici jokingly calls "her own personal dating app."

She says she's been without love for "too long," and there's good news for viewers with a soft spot for her as she admitted she would be open to dating a fan.

"I'm definitely up for it, God yeah. I've been single way too long now. I use Instagram as my dating app. If there's a nice message I'll look at their profile pic stalk their pictures and if they look sane maybe I'll reply.

"I get loads of requests for dates. It's like I can pick whoever I want, but I still haven't found the one."

So does she hate single life?

"I go through stages. In summer I quite like being single and in the winter I'd really like a boyfriend on Sundays to unwind with."

Don't expect Cici to appear as a diner on the show though, as she explains the thought of flirting in front of hunky Frenchman Fred Sirieix and her BFFs Sam Conrad and Austin Ventour is way too daunting.

"I would love to say yes, but I think I would be very distracted having all my mates around me," she admitted. "They'd all have an opinion. So I'd probably be basing it on their reactions rather than the date, if it was just me and him I'd probably be more into him."


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