Actor and former playboy Dean Gaffney, 43, has made no secret of his desire to find love and finally settle down.
He signed up for the Hinge, Bumble, Raya and Tinder dating apps, according to The Sun, with some matches even revealing his private messages, accusing him of attempting to break lockdown rules, which he vigorously did. denied.
But after bragging about having slept over 1,000 women, unlucky in love Dean seems to be struggling to find a meaningful connection.
He was also accused of trying to persuade a Hinge match to come see him while the country was on lockdown due to the pandemic.
The woman, named Christy, told the Mirror exclusively that the actor had paired her on numerous dating apps before messaging her directly on Instagram.
She told us that she was “disgusted” that Dean was breaking the rules for meeting her on a date and that she tried to let him down slowly.
But his representatives insisted it was just “jokes” and said he ended the exchange when he was told the meeting could break the rules.
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“These were private jokes between two adults. It’s important to point out that no rules were broken. Dean never intended to travel anywhere to meet anyone.
“We all know the regulations have changed a number of times and as soon as it was pointed out to Dean that any meeting could be a violation of the rules he ended the exchange,” they said.
Dean asks her if she is meeting anyone on lockdown, and she says, “Sort of?” with a laughing emoji, but then explained that she was currently not able to venture far due to her broken ankle.
He then suggested he would go to her house, telling her to “turn on the kettle” and be there on Sunday, adding a laughing emoji.
“No meetings inside remember”, she reminded him, but he replied: “Don’t worry about all this … cold to end up outside x” [sic].
The woman told him she was unwilling to risk meeting him as if she fell ill with Covid-19 there would be no one to look after her children.
He questioned whether she would get sick if they met, but she told him that she was unwilling to take risks with her health.
He said, “That’s good, I don’t understand how different meeting myself outside is than meeting for coffee? No worries girls. X”.
Dean was also recently married to 26-year-old model Rebekah Ward, but their affair quickly came to an end after she claimed she felt like a “trophy.”
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Rebekah is only two years older than Dean’s twin daughters Chloe and Charlotte, 24.
Their relationship lasted three years and Dean said of their separation: “I was really heartbroken. It was a very passionate relationship.
“But in the end, we were just in this vicious cycle where I didn’t treat her well and she didn’t treat me well,” he told The Sun.
“Looking back, I was probably selfish. I should have put it on first and got it back. I regret it,” he added.
“I didn’t think she would go away in the end, but she did. I thought I would be able to win her back – but I couldn’t.”
He then vowed not to date someone as young as Rebekah again, admitting it was “weird for” his daughters.
“I only date women in their thirties now,” he promised.
Prior to Rebekah, Dean was married to the mother of his daughters, Sarah Burge, but admitted to cheating on her when it was revealed that he had had an 18-month affair with hairstylist Sasha Levy.
When photos of him and Sasha appeared, he admitted he felt guilty.
“No one wants to see pictures of someone who has been in their life for so long with someone else.
“No one wants to be humiliated,” he confessed.
He had affairs with a pornstar Linsey Dawn McKenzie, dancer Maddie Stephens and Celebrity Big Brother star Alicia Douvall – who weren’t very complimentary about their antics.
“He blew me off playing the big star – but he was so desperate, brutal and selfish between the sheets that I knew it was doomed,” she said.
“He thinks he’s a great stallion, but he’s the most ignorant lover I’ve ever had.”
Dean once again tried to find a mate when he signed up for Celebs Go Dating in 2020.
“I want that butterfly feeling, I want to be in love,” he said, but it wasn’t.
He failed to connect with anyone on the show and then claimed it was only for the money.
“I went to Celebs Go Dating to have a good time. At the end of the day, it’s a job and a job makes money,” he said.
“But I think it’s really difficult because obviously we have dates for two hours and the show is only two minutes of that.
“You have a date with ten cameras in your face, it’s not easy.”
He added that after editing, the dates “don’t always show what’s really going on.”
Dean’s excitement led him to get fired from EastEnders, as it was written off the soap opera in 2019 after it was discovered he begged a woman for racy photos on Facebook.
He contacted the woman online and asked to see her “breasts and butt”.
And in June of last year, Dean allegedly attended a boisterous party with strippers in Huddersfield and posed for a group photo posted on social media by one of the attendees.
He could be seen in the photo surrounded by nearly 40 people, with many followers berating him.
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Then, in August 2020, Dean was taken to social media by his EastEnders co-star Jamie Borthwick for partying in Ibiza.
Dean uploaded a photo of himself with his friends on the Spanish island, which resulted in a delicate exchange with Jamie, who plays Jay Brown.
After Dean captioned a photo with “Never Alone,” Jamie commented, “Accept parties surrounded by fan-only girls when there are 1,000 deaths a day.” [sic]
Michael Greco, who also starred in the soap opera, ended the feud by correcting the spelling and writing, “Although not accepted,” alongside laughing emojis.
Jamie replied, “Haha Greeks is right, Borths miles away.”
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Diverting the barbed-wire remark, Dean joked, “Haha I LOVE these Greeks love this! Touch Jamie x.”
But Dean could finally be on the verge of ditching his playboy character, as he’s now become a grandfather.
He took to social media to say his daughter Chloe welcomed a baby girl named Mimi.
The adored grandfather wrote: “Welcome to this crazy world, my beautiful granddaughter Mimi.
“I am very happy to report that I am a GRAND-AD, I can’t believe my baby is now a mother, proud to put it mildly. Chloe and Declan you are going to be amazing parents. X
“Baby Mimi, born: 07/07/2021 .. 7 lbs 14 oz. Just to thank everyone in advance, I know I don’t look old enough to be a father let alone a grandfather ! ”