WAYNE Lineker was grilled by This Morning's Holly Willoughby who bluntly asked 'why he can't date women his own age?' – ahead of his appearance on Celebs Go Dating.
The younger brother of Gary Linker will star on the E4 series alongside a number of famous faces, who are looking for love with the help of agency matchmakers Paul Brunson and Anna Williamson.
But ahead of the series premiere tonight, Wayne appeared on today's This Morning and explained that he's taken the dating experts advice onboard to widen his age bracket.
The 58-year-old admitted: "I am opening up. I’ve come to realise, even though there would still be a large age gap, 30-45 would be ideal."
"What’s wrong with women your own age?" Holly forthrightly asked.
To which Wayne replied: "I don’t know. I wouldn’t rule it out but everyone has their own attractions don’t they?"
The Ocean Beach Club owner also acknowledged the "tongue-in-cheek" girlfriend checklist that went viral on Instagram in September and explained the post was based on his past relationship mistakes.
"It's bordering on controversial," he said. "I tried to take some things from previous relationships.
"The comments about, 'you must be able to prepare to give up your job' or 'prepare to work on a beach', that's because my last relationship broke up because she got a new career.
"My family are very concerned about me, when I'm single I tend to get carried away and go out too much.
"I am looking for a relationship and I'm ready to settle down, believe it or not, I am ready to be no longer single. I don't need this crazy lifestyle I lead."
Father-of-four Wayne also explained how "trustworthy" he is when in a relationship, although past relationship have struggled with his Ibiza lifestyle, where he owns several businesses.
He added: "I don't know whether it's they can't trust me, I'm a very trustworthy person, but it's very difficult for a girl to be in the UK while I'm at the club surrounded by girls in bikinis.
"Once I'm in a relationship, I'm in a relationship. I've never cheated on a partner in my life and I'm good friends with all my ex-girlfriends and ex-wives."
Wayne has been married once before and has three sons; Duane, Sean, Freddie, and a daughter Tia with his ex-wife. He also has two granddaughters Myla and Aria.
The businessman then found love with fiancée Danielle Sandhu, 28, but the pair split in November 2019 after four years together.
Wayne will appear on the much-anticipated series of Celebs Go Dating tonight at 9pm on E4. In a switch-up to the usual show, the Celebs will be living together in a £30million mansion.
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