A Take Me Out contestant tragically killed himself shortly after filming the hit ITV show, and an inquest has revealed why he took his own life.
Charlie Watkins from North Yorkshire appeared on the dating show earlier this year, and bagged himself a date on the isle of Fernando’s with Tara from Glasgow.
However, shortly after filming for the show, Charlie took his own life – with Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness tweeting at the time: “Tonight’s Take Me Out is in memory of Charlie. A fantastic lad who I’m sure will be greatly missed by his wonderful friends & family. RIP.”
An inquest into Charlie’s death heard how he landed his dream job at a chocolate museum, but was sacked by management after taking time off to take part in Take Me Out.
A friend told the hearing in York: “He really loved his job at the chocolate factory – he was happy. But when he went to go film for the Take Me Out TV programme, he lost his job – they terminated his contract.
“He then had nothing to do apart from stay around the house and play on the XBOX and Playstation.”
The court also heard that Charlie had a history of self harming, having suffered from depression since his mother died.
A family statement told the Daily Mail newspaper earlier this year: “We have lost a very special young man who sadly never recovered from the tragic loss of his mother when he was only 9 years old.
“Tragically this is another example of the mental health issues suffered by young people today as highlighted by the Heads Together campaign supported by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.”