Where Balans, Kensington High Street, London
So, you joined Daybreak a while back – how are those early mornings working out for you?
The alarm went off this morning at 4.30am, which was hideous, but I’m handling it. I love being part of the show.
Are you a good sleeper?
No, I’m terrible. I lie there and think about everything. I’ve got a vivid memory of my mum vacuuming at two in the morning when I was a child, so if I hear a vacuum cleaner I doze off.
You need to find yourself a girlfriend who loves vacuuming…
I looked into getting a cleaner to do it, but no one is willing to clean my house at 2am. They think I’m weird for asking.
Could you find a vacuuming app?
Good thinking. I love vacuum cleaners. Dysons are so nice and quiet, but they’d be no good for sending me to sleep. [Pauses] See, we’re supposed to be on a date. This is the point a girl would leave.
Or pop to Argos to buy a Hoover…
That’s marriage material right there. She would be The One.
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done?
I once hired a speedboat and took a girl shopping somewhere cool in Europe, and bought her flowers and dinner. It was a birthday present, and I’m still paying it off now.
Where would you take us on a date?
I might take you flying. I’m a pilot. We’d fly over Snowdonia and go away for the weekend.
Are you on the lookout for a lady?
Not really. It’s still quite hard. [He split with fiancée Katherine Jenkins, 32, last December].
Are you still in touch with Katherine?
We’ve spoken, but it’s a hard time for both of us. I’ve been overwhelmed by how lovely everyone’s been during our relationship and after.
You’re in pretty good nick – how do you stay in shape?
If I go through a bad time I throw myself into sport. It’s really good therapy for me.
How do you spend your down time?
I try to keep busy. I’ve thrown myself into work and I’ve been spending a lot of time with friends, whether it’s a game of golf or a few drinks. I play football on Monday evenings and I spend a lot of time with my nephews, Albie and Lenny [aged five and two]. I love that.
Any celeb numbers in your phone?
Nicky Byrne from Westlife. I wanted to join the band. I can hold a tune, and I can get up off a stool and clench my fist.
Um, OK… Any other showbiz pals?
I’ve got Prince Albert of Monaco’s number. I met him on a night out in Cardiff and we got on really well.
How do you think our date’s gone?
I feel like I’ve bored you because I’ve been doing all the talking. Next time I’ll take you to Richmond Park and put my jacket down on a puddle for you to walk over. And I’ll buy the coffee.
And we’ll bring the Hoover section of the Argos catalogue.
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Number of coffees drunk 3
Number of times we came over a bit swoony Too many to count
Number of photos Gethin showed us of his lovely parents 1
Number of times Gethin answered our mobile phone to our shocked friend 1