A former Apprentice star has branded eating out alone ‘pathetic’ and ‘only for losers’ causing a furious debate online.
Ryan Mark-Parsons, 23, who has starred in a string of reality shows, said dining out by yourself is ‘selfish’ and people that do it ‘need to get friends’.
The comments came as online searches for ‘solo dining’ soared by 357 per cent in 12 months, and Britney Spears was seen dining out alone following her split form Sam Asghari.
Recently, Michelin-starred restaurant at London’s Hotel Cafe Royal revealed they will charge double for solo diners.
While Ryan was furiously against eating alone, Kiss FM presenter Alex Mansuroglu said he loves dining solo.
Ryan Mark-Parsons, 23, who has starred in a string of reality shows, said dining out by yourself is ‘selfish’ and people that do it ‘need to get friends
‘I lead a very busy life, I have two kids at home.
‘If I can have a 30 minutes Nando’s to myself before I get home and then pick up a little takeaway for my kids and fiance, that’s great, it’s freeing.
‘People sometimes think I might have been stood up, I might get a free dessert in this, I might get 10 per cent off the bill, I think it’s amazing and great.
But Mark then hit back, saying he would never eat out alone.
‘I think people that do it are pathetic,’ he scathed.
‘I think Alex is one of those losers that goes to restaurants alone, and it’s weird.
While Ryan was furiously against eating alone, Kiss FM presenter Alex Mansuroglu (pictured) said he loves dining solo
‘I go to restaurants and see solo diners and I’m just uncomfortable. I question the motives, I think it’s really really bizarre.
When presenter Richard Madeley shared a picture of him eating alone in McDonald’s he said it was ‘ridiculous’ and ‘out of context’.
Hitting back, Alex said the comments were ‘bullying’.
‘We not to stop listening to posh people telling us how to live our lives,’ he said.
‘Your view on calling people losers and mortifying is just bulling behaviour.
‘If you ask me to go to dinner, in one of the fanciest restaurants in London with this gentleman right here, or sit alone in a dark corner and eat porridge, you can call me a Turkish Goldilocks mate, cause I am having nothing to do with that’.
Ryan then called Alex ‘selfish’ and said that he needs to ‘go and make some friends’.
Viewers were overwhelming in Alex’s favour, with many saying Ryan’s comments were insulting
‘It’s a reminder to go an look in the mirror and make friends, go outside and touch glass.
‘It’s selfish of people like Alex to go and dine alone.
‘We’re in a cost of living crisis and they are denying double the service’.
Viewers were overwhelming in Alex’s favour, with many saying Ryan’s comments were insulting.
‘No it’s not sad. Solitude is relaxing,’ said one.
‘As a counsellor I am listening and talking all day every day, so a meal alone or a holiday is absolute bliss,’ said another.
‘Enjoying your own company is a sign of maturity,’ wrote a third.
‘No and we shouldn’t be penalised for being solo and charged extra,’ said a fifth.
‘I think the posh kid couldn’t cope with his own company. He’s to dependent to have others around so he can be someone. I eat on my own anytime,’ added another.