First Dates episode 6 (Tuesday, May 21st) welcomed us to Albert and Maria.

Fully-tattooed, towering in height and with a heart-wrenching story about his upbringing, Albert stole the show.

And, after his story surrounding his parents being “addicted to cocaine” hit the air, Albert’s dad has taken to Instagram.

Screenshot: First Dates 2019 Albert

Screenshot: First Dates 2019 Albert

Who is Albert?

Our man Albert goes by the full name of Albert Pritchard – on Instagram here.

He’s a 23-year-old builder from Essex.

Al’s appearance on the Channel 4 dating show saw the cocksure giant charm date Maria through a near-perfect date and into a romantic kiss at the very end.

However, First Dates confirmed that nothing happened after the show.

But the biggest talking point wasn’t Albert’s date, it was his on-screen interview, where he confessed to a very troubled upbringing which saw his parents neglect him for their cocaine addiction.

Screenshot: First Dates 2019 Albert

Screenshot: First Dates 2019 Albert

Screenshot: First Dates 2019 Albert

Screenshot: First Dates 2019 Albert

Screenshot: First Dates 2019 Albert

Screenshot: First Dates 2019 Albert

Screenshot: First Dates 2019 Albert

Screenshot: First Dates 2019 Albert

Albert’s dad pays tribute to his son on Instagram

It appears that Albert’s story was true, as his dad has been added to the story through social media.

Known as Martin John, Albert’s dad is an author who published ‘Get Clean‘ – a biography about how he overcame a 30-year cocaine and alcohol addiction.

The book also states that Albert’s dad was an “East End gangster turned scrap metal merchant”.

 

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Albert’s dad had been promoting his son’s appearance on the C4 dating show in the run-up to the episode.

Following the episode, Martin said:

My son Albert, am very proud of him, put him through a lot of sh*t and his brother! Brutally honest about his childhood. This kid stood my corner so did his brother, utmost respect for them both. Seeing him on TV tonight hit home for me – how much love I have for this kid.

Judging by Instagram, it looks like the pair are now close and regularly attends the gym together.

Martin regularly posts about Albert, explaining how proud he is that his son stuck by him throughout his addiction.

Total respect for this young man, son. As a farther, I could not ask for a better outcome of this proud man. He make my journey look like a joke. He saw me destroy myself with a cocaine addiction and alcohol addiction over many years, but he stood my corner. He saw things that were terrible, especially as a young kid. My mistakes are not explainable. My son I salute you for your faith in me. And you some how managed to take something from my horrific journey and turned it into making yourself a strong incredible man.

 

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