A SINGLETON who took his search for love onto national TV returned to the small screen last night to resume his quest for romance.
Steve Carruthers proved a hit with Undateables viewers when he first appeared on the Channel 4 programme last year.
The 31-year-old, of Ryhope, bared his soul to the nation when he described his lack of confidence due to Crouzon syndrome, a condition which means his skull grows up, instead of out.
Following the show, which aired last January, Steve thought he had found love and got engaged.
However the relationship broke down just weeks after the engagement party in June, and he found himself single again.
The Asda worker also had to deal with the death of his 32-year-old brother, Paul, in April.
A decade ago his brother Mark and sister Amanda died within a year of each other, which he said destroyed his confidence. Now the show that “changed his life,” has once again helped him to regain his confidence, and restored his faith in love.
“A lot changed since the last programme,” said Steve
“I had a bit of an up-and-down year, but the show has completely changed my life.
“I wasn’t too happy, and didn’t see any confidence in myself, but now the show is shown around the world and I get letters from people telling me I am an inspiration, and show a good side of the North East.”
Steve who keeps in touch with the programme’s other participants, was seen out with a girl during last night’s prime time TV airing, but said romance didn’t blossom from the date.
“I haven’t seen her since the programme,” he said. “But I’m putting my heart back out there after the engagement broke up. I was really nervous, but the more I got into it, the more I opened up and enjoyed myself.”
And he added that the programme has once again given him hope for the future, and a relationship as good as that of his parents, Ian, 53, and Susan, 57.
“I’m hoping to continue my life and happiness, and not go back to the person I was,” he said.
“I see life as everyone should see it – that you shouldn’t judge people by how they look – everyone is the same, and we all just want to live.”