Little Mix fans spotted a familiar face tuning in to Tuesday’s episode of First Dates Hotel – Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s mother.
Debbie, a history teacher, was spotted on Channel 4’s blind dating show looking for love jetting singles to a luxury resort in Italy.
The mother-of-three opened up about her close relationship with Leigh-Anne during the show, admitting “she will always be my baby” as she explained her as “a normal girl under the fame”.
Debbie admitted she was hoping to meet “the man of my dreams” on the show and Facetimed her famous daughter before meeting their mystery date.
‘Are you excited? Will you find the man of your dreams?’ the “Shout Out To My Ex” singer asked, when her mom replied, “I hope he’s the man of my dreams, can you imagine if he is?”
Leigh-Anne continued, “I have a good feeling about this mum, it’s going to be good,” before asking what her mum wore to dinner.
‘Oooh, I like it. It’s amazing, you look amazing,” the hitmaker gushed as the couple said their goodbyes.
Debbie is also mom to Leigh-Anne’s two older sisters, Sian-Louise and Sairah — and her mom says, “My girls are my life, they’re my best friends.”
Debbie was paired with stationery sales manager Rob when the duo hit it off on the date, with the latter being somewhat surprised by the famous revelation.
But Debbie insisted they were a “normal family,” telling her date, “She doesn’t get the singing voice from me, but I love to sing. Ever since she’s been a pop star we’ve had a lot of fun, we’ve been touring and in America and it’s fun.
“I’ll never get over being the mom of a pop star, I love it. But I have to be normal for Leigh-Anne to stay normal. She’s a world star but she’ll always be my baby, we call her Lee-Lee at home and she’ll always be this little chubby shy girl.
She continued, “We’re so lucky that she’s done so well, but that’s her life and everyone else is moving on with their lives. She’s famous, but underneath she’s a normal girl and we’re a normal family.”
Rob didn’t seem bothered by the fame as the pair touched lips throughout the episode and even appeared to continue their romance upon returning to the UK.
And eagle-eyed viewers of the show took to Twitter to share their shock at Debbie’s performance, as one wrote: “Oh my god Leigh-Anne’s mom was on a first date???”
Although it aired this week, the episode appeared to have been filmed around three years ago, with Debbie crediting Leigh-Anne, who is now 30, as 27.