FERNE McCann’s ex’s acid attack victim found love on First Dates after breaking down in tears over her injuries.
Sophie Hall, 23, took part in a Valentine's Special of the Channel 4 dating show, and opened up about her horrific experience in a London nightclub at Easter 2017.
She said: "Beauty can from the inside even if you've got stars or have been through something traumatic, you are still beautiful.
"A year ago I was caught in the crossfire of an acid attack in London. I was dancing and I got it in my face and body.
"I could smell burning and I thought, that's not petrol. and then I think I started to think I really hope that's not acid, please don't be, but it was."
As she teared up, she continued: "All I could hear was people going 'oh my God what's on her face?' And I couldn't see it, I hadn't seen it myself.
"And I could tell that they were talking about me. As much as I hoped that it wasn't, I so knew that it was about me."
As the tears started to flow, Sophie said: "For most girls, your worst fear would be having acid thrown in your face.
"Seeing that in the mirror for the first time was the hardest thing I've had to go through for sure."
Sophie had 10 months of going to hospital every week before a last resort treatment worked.
She said: "I'm over the moon with how I've been left. Without make up on I've only got white marks, so I'm really lucky."
Sophie confided in her date, Bailey, 24, what had happened and he was left stunned that the beautiful girl in front of him had had something so horrific happen to her.
The pair bonded during their date, and when asked if they wanted to see each other again, they both said they did.
Sophie said: "I didn't imagine a blind date to go so well."
Bailey was equally smitten, saying: "As far as first dates go I think this one is the best I could have ever imagined."
At the end of the show it was revealed the couple had continued to meet for further dates, with love hopefully about to blossom.
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