Channel 4’s First Dates has been something of an emotional rollercoaster this series: we cried for 90-year-old Raymon when he spoke candidly about feeling lonely, we sat up and paid attention to domestic abuse survivor Bonnie, and cheered on Emma when she confronted the man who dumped her by text.
And now we have completely lost our hearts to alopecia sufferer Eve Betts, who bravely removed her wig in the First Dates restaurant on the Tuesday 9 May.
The beauty therapist was wearing a long dark wig when she was paired up with Jordan – but felt inspired to remove it when her dinner partner revealed that he used to wear a topknot.
Explaining that it was the first time she had ever revealed her hair loss on a first date, she said: “I’ve got alopecia – so my hair just randomly falls out.”
Lifting the wig away from her head, Eve smiled at Jordan.
“Oh wow,” he said softly. “It suits you.”
Eve, a little overcome by the situation, quickly began putting her wig back on – only for Jordan to advise her to “keep it off”.
Sitting down to speak to the cameras directly, Eve explained: “One of the main reasons why I wanted to study beauty therapy was because I went through school and I was bullied for not having any eyebrows. I don’t remember feeling upset about it, but I do now.
“It’s hard, it’s really hard.”
She continued: “My parents had to save really hard for me to have nice hair – and my dad worked really hard to draw on my first set of eyebrows for me.”
Wiping away tears, Eve revealed that she would love to meet somebody as kind and thoughtful as her father, although she jokingly added: “They’d have to be a bit taller, maybe – and dad has got even less hair than me, so someone with a bit more than that.
“We need to give our kids a chance.”
Eve, sitting back down to dinner with her wig back in place, admitted to Jordan that she was worried she’d thrown their dinner off course.
He reassured her: “You’re beautiful, and this is the best date I’ve ever been on. I like you – you’re unique.”
Eve later decided that she and Jordan weren’t well suited and, after a quick chat, the pair agreed that they would not be meeting for a second date.
However the experience has instilled Eve with a newfound confidence – and, on top of that, it’s won her the admiration of viewers back home.
@Channel4 Sooooooo beautiful 💖— CiCi Coleman (@CiCi_Coleman) May 9, 2017
I love this woman, Eve. I like how's so honest about, alopecia. Hair is a major thing, you don't know it until you loose it! #FirstDates— ➰ (@emmaodwyer_) May 9, 2017
#FirstDates Eve is such a beautiful and a courageous lady, I respect her so much. All the love to her.— Ashlaaay (@AshTheFierce) May 9, 2017
Go Eve! Such a brave thing to do, still beautiful 💖 #firstdates— Demi cooper (@Demicooper22) May 9, 2017
Eve, touched by the outpouring of support, took to Twitter to send her own message.
“Thank you everyone for your messages of support and all the love (cringe),” she wrote. “I do appreciate it so SO much.”
Alopecia is, according to Alopecia UK, a “general term used for hair loss; this can be a small bald patch on the head or the loss of all the hair over the entire body”.
To find out more about the main types of hair loss (such as the causes and symptoms), as well as support, advice, and information on treatments and wigs, please visit the Alopecia UK website now.
Images: Channel 4
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