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Entertainment First Dates' Daventry star Merlin Griffiths 'shed a tear in private' with girlfriend in cancer battle

10:11  30 july  2022
10:11  30 july  2022 Source:   northantslive.news

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First Dates' Merlin "shed a tear in private" with his girlfriend of 10 years amid cancer battle. Merlin Griffiths, 47, has been on First Dates since 2013 and has been a fan favourite for welcoming the guests prior to meeting their date.

First Dates' Merlin 'shed a tear in private' with his girlfriend of 10 years amid cancer battle © Channel 4/Twitter First Dates' Merlin 'shed a tear in private' with his girlfriend of 10 years amid cancer battle

The Channel 4 star opened up about his battle with bowel cancer last September and has spoken previously about how he dealt with such horror health news. Merlin, who owns a chain of pubs including the Maltsters Country Inn at Badby near Daventry, was told by doctors that he has a 75% chance of living beyond five years following his recent bowel cancer diagnosis.

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Medical professionals at Northampton General Hospital discovered a stage three tumour that measured 4.5cm in length. He has tried to stay positive since the diagnosis and has spoken about how he gets through.

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He said: "I’ve shed a tear in private. But you can choose ‘to do’ or ‘not to do’. I chose to lead my life as normal, to stick to the facts about it, and to keep putting one step in front of the other", reports the Daily Express.

Merlin met his partner Lucile over ten years ago at a cocktail competition and they share one daughter, Alix. They opened a pub in 2010 called The Priory Tavern in Kilburn.

The couple's pub won Regional Cellar Keeper of the Year in 2015. In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, Merlin also revealed that he started feeling pain in June last year.

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However, he thought it was caused by scar tissue in his stomach from a car accident when he was 20-years-old. He said: "I thought, as most people must when they get a diagnosis, ‘oh f***, I’ve got cancer’. It’s terrifying – of course, I want to live."

The first people who Merlin informed of his diagnosis were his partner Lucile and First Dates' stars Fred Sirieix, Grant Urquhart and Cici Coleman. After the cancer battle, Merlin launched the first no-alcohol bar with Harrogate Spring Water at Royal Ascot 2022.

However, he was back in hospital this month due to complications with recent surgery. He took to Instagram to tell fans: "Last time for a while I hope.

"Minor day surgery for some complications with my anastomosis following a Low Anterior Resection in April.

"The #CancerTreatment journey is long, and often painful and ugly. I couldn't do it without my family either. #BowelCancerAwareness #getchecked."

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