Television presenter Graham Norton has said he deleted Tinder because his dates were “broken” and “damaged” people.

Norton, who said he deleted the dating app about two years ago, reportedly made the comments during an interview for the latest issue of Closer magazine.



“I was on Tinder a couple of years ago, but I’m not on it now. I felt like I’d done it. There’s a law of diminishing returns on Tinder,” said the 55-year-old host of the BBC’s The Graham Norton Show.

Shot of apps on a display with Tinder prominent
Tinder is used by around 50 million people worldwide. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

“I met a few people and thought, ‘God, there are a lot of broken people in the world and I don’t really need to meet them.’ I don’t need to be part of their damage.”

The Irish comedian explained that he went on Tinder following his break up from Andrew Smith, his boyfriend of three years, in 2015.

In June, Norton opened up about why he also doesn’t use Grindr in an interview with journalist Katie Couric.

“I couldn’t do Grindr, because you know, of what it is, and I work for the BBC and I felt Tinder was socially acceptable, I could do Tinder, but no more,” he said at the time.

He also discussed why he doesn’t like living with other people.

“I would prefer to live alone for the rest of my life rather than live with towels folded incorrectly,” said Norton.

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“Petty is important. That’s why marriages break up. Marriages don’t break up because of big things.”

The presenter added: “People co-habit because they have to, because it makes economic sense, I don’t think anybody wants to live with anybody.

“It’s like the toilet paper is hung the wrong way around, it’s kind of the bread doesn’t go there, and also my problem is of course, I’m old, so the longer you leave it, the worse this gets.”

In July, it was revealed that Norton’s salary was cut by more than £200,000 this year—from £850,000-£899,999 to £600,000-£609,999—as the BBC released documents showing that its top 12 highest paid stars are all men.

In December, Norton explained in another interview why he is still single.

Graham Norton presents The Graham Norton Show every week on the BBC. (BBC)

He told the Guardian: “I’ve failed all my relationship exams, and yes, it’s a different life, but I’m still living.

“You’re far better off finding ways to enjoy the life you’re living than mourning the life you’re not, which is a double whammy of unhappiness.”

He added: “And if you want someone to share your life, well, no one wants to share a miserable life.

“Look like you’re having fun, and someone might want to join the parade. A funeral cortege? Not so much.”




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