David mitchell given up dating

10-Apr-2017 13:31

“You still get some perfectly harmless old man looking down your top and saying ‘you’re a healthy young lady’,” the 39-year-old admits in her throaty, smoker’s voice.

He was one of the most successful and ubiquitous comedians on British television, but he was still living like a student in a shared former council flat in Kilburn, north-west London. “I am filled with this bizarre mix of thinking David could have done a lot better than me and feeling we’re so alike and complement each other so wonderfully that we are the ideal match and couldn’t possibly be with anyone else.” For all her self-effacement, Coren, daughter of the late Punch satirist Alan Coren and sister of food critic Giles, is herself quite a catch. “I mean, he’s a hugely successful television comedian, he could have had a gorgeous 24-year-old skinny wife with a tiny nose and a string bikini, but he chose me! ” Coren, or Coren Mitchell as she haphazardly calls herself when she thinks it won’t cause too much confusion, is so disarmingly, so extravagantly in love with her husband of 10 months, I (almost) forgive her.There were drunken one-night stands after which he felt “shit about myself”. At university there were tortured crushes, desolate infatuations during which he never actually mentioned his feelings to the woman he desired: “No broaching of the subject in any way whatsoever with them.” His agonised inaction was partly due to the fear of rejection and partly the fear of disappointment.Sex was something that happened “unexpectedly, occasionally and almost by accident”. “It would have meant,” he writes in his 2012 memoir, , “that the feelings of significance, importance, magic that unrequited love gives you were illusory, and those feelings were probably as much what drew me to the crush as the charms of its object”.

He was one of the most successful and ubiquitous comedians on British television, but he was still living like a student in a shared former council flat in Kilburn, north-west London.

“I am filled with this bizarre mix of thinking David could have done a lot better than me and feeling we’re so alike and complement each other so wonderfully that we are the ideal match and couldn’t possibly be with anyone else.” For all her self-effacement, Coren, daughter of the late Punch satirist Alan Coren and sister of food critic Giles, is herself quite a catch.

“I mean, he’s a hugely successful television comedian, he could have had a gorgeous 24-year-old skinny wife with a tiny nose and a string bikini, but he chose me! ” Coren, or Coren Mitchell as she haphazardly calls herself when she thinks it won’t cause too much confusion, is so disarmingly, so extravagantly in love with her husband of 10 months, I (almost) forgive her.

There were drunken one-night stands after which he felt “shit about myself”. At university there were tortured crushes, desolate infatuations during which he never actually mentioned his feelings to the woman he desired: “No broaching of the subject in any way whatsoever with them.” His agonised inaction was partly due to the fear of rejection and partly the fear of disappointment.

Sex was something that happened “unexpectedly, occasionally and almost by accident”. “It would have meant,” he writes in his 2012 memoir, , “that the feelings of significance, importance, magic that unrequited love gives you were illusory, and those feelings were probably as much what drew me to the crush as the charms of its object”.

He only had to look at the internet to know that he was attractive to women –“usually, they add, to their ‘surprise’ and ask their friends if it is ‘wrong’ that they fancy me” – but his public image was that of a kind of tweedy loner “who eats his ready-made meals in the dark”. As his profile soared he became an enigma to journalists sent to profile him. He didn’t even have a flat-screen television next to his BAFTAs when an astounded interviewer from visited his flat in 2009 – “most people’s grandparents would have discarded it [his television] as obsolete at least a decade ago.