Being chubby never stopped the presenter getting a date

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Lisa Riley has opened up about being overweight during her school days.

The ex-Emmerdale star, 36 – who’s dropped four dress sizes rehearsing for the latest series of Strictly Come Dancing – has revealed that being extra curvy throughout her younger years didn’t put off the opposite sex.

‘I was always popular with boys at school,’ she says.

‘I was the one the girls wanted to be and the boys wanted to be with.’

‘The fact I was fat didn’t put them off because I had confidence.’

Right now Lisa is single, though, and hoping Mr Right comes along.

‘I’ve been properly in love three times, but it hasn’t worked out,’ she tells Weekend. ‘Am I still looking for a man? Yes, I’m desperate!’

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