A Take Me Out contestant who lost his chocolate museum job because he took four days off to film the show hanged himself a month later, an inquest heard. Charlie Watkins, 22, went on the dating show in a bid to find ‘the one’ after saying he was disappointed he had been unlucky in love during his three years at university.
York Coroners’ Court heard the Criminology graduate took a job at the chocolate museum and shop York Chocolate Story for “a few months” after completing his degree, but due to four-day filming commitments for the dating show at Maidstone Studios in Kent, and being in his probationary period of employment he was sacked from the job he loved.
His twin brother Harry Watkins said Charlie did not tell work about his whereabouts because he couldn’t have his phone with him during the Take Me Out filming; this meant he missed calls from work and had his employment terminated when he returned. The inquest heard his family and friends confirm Charlie had self-harmed previously and taken anti-depressant medication in the past.