Welsh rugby player Gavin Henson has stirred up a storm by taking part in the live portrayal of dating during a controversial TV show.
He said that putting himself in the shoes of ‘The Bachelor’ and seeing at close hand flirting, bitching and heartfelt emotion as 25 contestants compete to win his heart has not affected his support for dignity in dating.
As a newly diagnosed bachelor, the rugby star decided to travel from his home in Wales to the bright lights of Channel 5 in London to see how the other half really live.
"I believe it should be possible for someone stricken with recent bachelorhood to choose to date publicly with media help, rather than suffer," he told BBC's Newsnight.
Asked about the potential for meaningless one night stands and the celebrity standby of super injunctions, Mr Henson responded:"What about the dignity of public dating? Lack of publicity would be enough for some c-list celebrities to kill themselves”, he said. He added that he believed the right to an assisted date should extend to anyone over the age of consent.
"I was ashamed that Welsh people had to drag themselves to Channel 5 at some considerable cost," he said.
Channel 5 said that the screening would enable viewers to make up their own minds on the subject.