Published: 1:44 p.m. BST, 17 September 2022 | Updated: 2:40 p.m. BST, 17 September 2022
Little Mix fans spotted a familiar face as they tuned in to Tuesday’s episode of First Dates Hotel – Leigh-Anne Pinnock’s mother.
Debbie, who is a history teacher at the school, was seen looking for love on Channel 4’s blind dating show – which is heading 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 as “a normal girl under fame”.
Familiar face! Eagle-eyed Little Mix fans are shocked when they spot Leigh Anne Pinnock’s mum Debbie looking for love at the First Dates hotel
Admitting she was hoping to meet ‘the man of my dreams’ on the show, Debbie faced off with her famous daughter for a catch-up before meeting her mystery date.
‘Are you excited? Are you going to find the man of your dreams?’ asked the Shout Out To My Ex singer, as her mother replied, “I hope he’s the man of my dreams, can you imagine if he is?”
Leigh-Anne continued, “I have a good feeling for this mum, it’s going to be good,” before asking what her mum wore for dinner.
Close: 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 fame’
Fame: Leigh-Anne rose to fame in girl group Little Mix, of which she is now a third
‘Ooooh I like that. It’s amazing, you look beautiful,” the hitmaker gushed as the couple said goodbye.
Debbie is also the mother of Leigh-Anne’s two older sisters, Sian-Louise and Sairah. Their mother detailed “My daughters are my life, they are my best friends.”
Debbie was paired with stationery sales manager Rob, as the duo hit it off on the date, with the latter being mildly taken aback by the famous revelation.
But insisting they’re a ‘normal family’, Debbie explained on her date: ‘She doesn’t get the voice from me, but I love to sing. Since she’s a pop star, we’ve had a great time, we’ve toured and been to America and it’s fun.
Threesome: Debbie is also mum to Leigh-Anne’s two older sisters, Sian-Louise and Sairah – with their mum detailing ‘My girls are my life, they’re my best friends’
Sisters: The trio bear a striking resemblance to each other
“I will never get over being the mother of a pop star, I love it. But I have to be normal to keep Leigh-Anne 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 that shy little chubby-cheeked girl.
She continued: ‘We are so lucky that she has done so well, but it’s her life and everyone gets on with their lives. She’s famous but she’s a normal girl underneath, and we’re a normal family.
Rob didn’t seem fazed by the fame, as the pair locked lips during the episode and even appeared to continue their romance upon their return to the UK.
And eagle-eyed viewers of the show took to Twitter to share their shock at Debbie’s appearance, as one posted: “Omg Leigh-Anne’s mum was at her first dates???”
Despite airing this week, the episode appears to have been filmed around three years ago, with Debbie referring to Leigh-Anne, who is now 30, as 27.
Has love blossomed? Debbie’s date Rob didn’t seem fazed by the fame, as the pair locked lips during the episode and even appeared to continue their romance when they returned to the UK.