If you’re going to ask somebody out for a date in front of a crowd of people, perhaps don’t go for someone who is younger, better looking and visibly uneasy in the situation.
Unfortunately, popstar and noughties icon Lee Ryan learnt the hard way.
The 36-year-old member of boyband Blue had the door slammed in his face – albeit as politely as rejection can be – during episode 1 of the new Celebs Go Dating 2019 series.
Lee mustered the courage to ask brunette stunner Zena Lamming on a date having laid the groundwork by repeatedly waffling on about how she looked identical to global superstar singer Rihanna.
Oh Zena, just what have you done…
Lee Ryan makes his move
Lee attempted to woo Zena as she caught his eye at the first-ever series 7 mixer.
The smiley blonde-haired popstar jumped at the chance to talk to the London stunner and dived into a conversation by saying that she could work as Rihanna lookalike.
I just wanna say… you look like I wanna sing ‘Shine Bright Like a Diamond’ (Rihanna song)
Zena passes the pie!
The conversation didn’t exactly go smooth sailing as Zena cringed at Lee’s impression of Rhianna… which he completed with a very dodgy Bajan accent.
Lee, if someone makes this face at you, it’s probably not a good sign.
Lee eventually left the conversation before deciding to have one more crack at the whip and approaching Zena to ask her on a date.
As delicately as she could, the Rihanna lookalike shunned her celeb’s advances.
I… um… yeah, I am going to have to say no. Like, honestly you’re lovely, I just don’t think we had the initial…
Who is Zena Lamming?
Zena is a graphic designer from Harrow, London. According to her LinkedIn, she works at So… ? Fragrance after graduating from the University of Arts London with a degree in graphic design in 2017.
She’s likely to be around 23 years old, more than 10 years younger than Lee Ryan.
Unlike everyone else on Instagram, Zena used the platform to promote her design work rather than to put together a portfolio of amateur model shots – kudos to that.
You can follow Zena under @zena_jpg, where she has close to 3,000 followers.
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