Unusual crush: Robert Peston catches eye of celebs in lockdown

As we enter the sixth week of lockdown, the evening news is generating some interesting crush fodder. Exhibit A: ITV's Robert Peston (above)

Lockdown is doing funny things to us as a nation. We’re getting up and exercising every day with Joe Wicks. We’re making funny memes about Tiger King. We’re creating Tik Toks with the kids. And for some of us, perhaps we’re also discovering new and unusual crushes?

I’m A Celebrity Winner Georgia Toffolo and podcast host Kate Thornton have both revealed their admiration for a certain newsman.

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Speaking on Kate’s podcast White Wine Question Time, Georgia said she absolutely loved ITV’s Political Editor, Robert Peston.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 27: Georgia Toffolo attends the SHEIN X Georgia Toffolo Spring Edit Launch Event on February 27, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images for SHEIN)

“I tweeted that he was really, really sexy,” she told podcast host Kate Thornton. “Loads of people were like, ‘Urgh, you've got really weird taste in men'. I think he's so hot!”

Her Twitter followers accused her of being drunk, with one user saying she ‘should have gone to Specsavers’.

Georgia, also known as Toff, revealed her crush while talking to Kate about a recent TV appearance on This Morning from her sofa.

“When I'm dialling in I feel like Robert Peston calling in at five o'clock for the daily news briefing!” she laughed.

Kate agreed with Georgia that Robert was a great journalist.

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“I think he's an amazing broadcaster and incredible political commentator,” she said. “I kind of hang on his every word.”

The pair were also in agreement that News At Ten anchor Tom Bradby was a small screen favourite of theirs.

Georgia Toffolo says she appreciates middle-aged men like Robert Peston, seen here with the Prime Minister

“I like a middle-aged man” admitted Georgia. “I just do! I've not been out with one. I just have an appreciation for a middle-aged man.”

Georgia is great friends with Boris Johnson’s dad Stanley, who is 55 years her senior, and said that age is never a factor when it comes to making friends.

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“I don't really choose my friends based on ages,” she told Kate. “Lots of my friends are in their fifties, sixties… “

She continued: “Some people sometimes rule friends due to different ages and I think there is so much to gain from having an inter-generational friendship.”


Hear Georgia Toffolo talk more about life in lockdown, including the loss of her grandad to COVID-19 and why she’s let a doctor live in her flat. Listen now on iTunes and Spotify.