Who will find love on our blind date? This week it’s Sebastian, 28, and Joel, 30

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Sebastian, 28, (pictured), an HR manager, has been single for seven months

SEBASTIAN, 28

Dating past?

I haven’t had much relationship experience. I was 20 when I came out, and growing up in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, it was hard to date. It took me a while to understand my sexuality and my appearance.

I had a boyfriend for two years, but he moved to Spain last October. We’ve tried long distances, but the pandemic just didn’t work out.

VITAL STATISTICS

Single for seven months, no children.

CURRENT ROLE

HR manager for a restaurant chain.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

A man who is confident, compassionate, loves his profession, and is close to his family.

Pre-date nerves?

I don’t really get nervous. I’ve never been on a blind date, but I always start from emotions and how I feel about someone, rather than looks.

First impression?

Joel was 20 minutes late. When he finally arrived, he continued to apologize. He was clearly ashamed of it, but I didn’t care. Joel is tall and bald, with beautiful features and blue eyes. He was wearing a green turtleneck and black jeans.

Easy to talk to?

He is great. We’ve eliminated any inconvenience by recognizing that blind dates are always a pain. It was good to get the question of why we brought ourselves up early on, and then we moved on to more interesting topics.

We didn’t exchange phone numbers, but I could tell he was attracted to me

I have an Italian mother who I am very close with and who I talk to every day, which Joel liked. She supports everything I do. It was hard to be away from her, my twin sister and younger siblings, who are in Australia. The pandemic has made it nearly impossible to go home without staying. It felt good to share with Joel how much I love my family.

SEBASTIAN’S VERDICT: 7/10

FOUND FUN? Joel! He was fun.

REGRET? None, it was a positive experience.

COFFEE OR CABIN? Coffee – as friends.

We immediately talked about movies, but he lost ten points for never seeing my favorite Julia Roberts movies: Eat Pray Love and Pretty Woman.

Embarrassing moments?

No.

Are the sparks flying?

We’re a good match on paper, but I’m not sure the attraction is there for me. Joel is so nice and would definitely make a good friend – and the chemistry could grow between us.

See him again?

Yes, why not? While we didn’t end up exchanging phone numbers, in my experience, doing this after a first date hasn’t always been the smartest choice. It would be nice to see a quieter, more vulnerable side of Joel – he wasn’t obnoxiously boisterous, but full of energy, but maybe he was nervous.

What do you think he thought of you?

I could see that Joel was attracted to me. He told me he thought I was an adult for 28, and that he seemed sober too.

Would your friends like him?

My friends would love Joel. He is funny and down to earth.

Joel, 30, (pictured) who is a PR account director, has been single for two years

Joel, 30, (pictured) who is a PR account director, has been single for two years

JOEL, 30

Dating past?

I’ve been single for two years and have been busy focusing on my career, family, friends and hobbies. When I was younger I went out quite often and had a blind date before. We were founded by a friend of a friend and although nothing came of it, we said we were going to be buddies.

Pre-date nerves?

Yes, but only because my taxi got stuck in traffic. I tried to call the restaurant but couldn’t get through.

VITAL STATISTICS

Single for two years, no children.

CURRENT ROLE

PR account director.

WOULD LIKE TO MEET

A fun and ambitious man with hobbies. I can’t do it with someone who has negative energy.

First impression?

I panicked when I arrived. As soon as I saw Sebastian, I thought, “Oh, you’re pretty.” He told me he was nervous, which I found endearing. He was wearing a black jacket, shirt and cool rings.

Easy to talk to?

Sebastian has a lot of positive energy and asks great questions. Over dinner, we discussed our relationship with our families – Sebastian has a really close relationship with his mom, which I think is adorable – and discussed our lockdown goals.

He wasn’t impressed that I learned to cook the perfect Sunday Roast from scratch – including my own gravy. But we both love olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip and Tempranillo wine. However, I can’t quite say that I share his love for Julia Roberts. Sebastian gave me an in-depth review of the movies she’s been in. I now feel compelled to Eat Pray Love!

Embarrassing moments?

We stayed until closing and coasted so it couldn’t have gone that bad

No, I do not think so.

Are the sparks flying?

JOEL’S VERDICT: 8/10

FOUND FUN? Sebastian’s warm and positive vibes.

REGRET? Being late I wish I had taken the subway.

COFFEE OR CABIN? Coffee.

Well we stayed until closing and then had a bit of fun outside so I’d say so. He asked if we should swap numbers, then backed it up, saying maybe we should swap social media names instead. But I don’t really use social media. At that moment he had to leave because his taxi had arrived.

He said, rather enigmatically, “I’m sure you’ll find a way to get my number.” I thought it was a brilliant way to leave.

Will you see him again?

I have nothing bad to say about Sebastian, so yes.

What do you think he thought of you?

I hope he thought I was sincere and that we could get along. We spent a long time together and he kissed me so I guess I couldn’t be that bad.

Would your friends like him?

Yes, of course they would. It’s hard to dislike Sebastian.

Would you love us to find you a date ? Fancy a fancy meal with an eligible single like you? Or would you like to pretend cupid someone else? Email your – or their – details and a photo to Blind date @dailymail.co.uk

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