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Here's Why Sophie Stanbury Is *Never* Joining Tinder
The #LadiesOfLondon mom is treading carefully when it comes to dating after her divorce.
Sophie Stanbury had us majorly furrowing our brows when she called up her ex-husband, Alex Stanbury, asking for the phone number of a TRX trainer earlier this season of Ladies of London (clip below). But then things got even weirder: Alex gladly gave it to her.
Sophie may have been living it up in the moment, but now she's completely horrified that scene ever occurred. "We'd had about 500 lychee martinis, and it's not something I would do unless I had several cocktails," she told The Daily Dish. "It was completely bizarre of me to call up my ex-husband and ask for somebody else's number. And it was completely bizarre of him to give it to me. So the whole thing was very strange."
But there was one reason Sophie said she enjoyed rewatching the moment. "It's nice to know that we can still have a laugh with each other. He didn't really think he was gonna organize a date with the TRX trainer; he just thought, 'Sophie's having a giggle and I'm gonna go along with it.' And for that, I'm grateful for those times that we can laugh together and take the mickey out of each other and kind of have that connection still, rather than it all having to be about separation and divorce, which isn't a very nice conversation to be having with anybody. So I'm quite happy that we've had that lighthearted moment with each other, even though it comes across as being completely crazy," Sophie explained. "At the end of the day, it does show that we're still friends and I hope that we can keep that friendship going. I'm supportive of him and he's supportive of me and wherever we might be and whoever we might be with, I hope we can still have that support for each other."
And Sophie said she has been slowly getting back into the dating game following her split. "I don't want to get married again right now. I just want to have fun. I want to have dinner with people," she said. "I've been with the same person for such a long time, it feels really alien to me to be with anybody else. So I'm just dipping my toe in the water. I'm not launching into a new relationship. I don't want to bring anyone home to meet my boys. I just want to keep it simple and light and fun and not too dramatic or emotional. I don't want to have my heart broken by anybody. I don't think I could cope with that right now."
Though Sophie said she has dabbled in online dating, she has never actually met anybody from a matchmaking site in person. Don't expect her to try out Tinder anytime soon, either. "I'm never going on Tinder, never. I'd rather be introduced to somebody [in person], to be honest, because I find that quite a strange concept, just go and meet somebody that you've never met before in your entire life, and they might have put a fake picture up or they might say they're one thing and they're something different," she said. "So it's kind of a bit scary for me. I've got two little boys, and I have to be very aware of safety and inviting anyone into my life that I don't know at all. So I'm a bit cautious."
For now, Sophie is just going to leave her love life up to fate. "I don't have a checklist of things that somebody has to have. It's like, if there's a spark and a connection with somebody, then I'll happily follow that up and have dinner or have a drink with somebody. And if there isn't a spark, then I won't be," she said. "So I'm going to tread very carefully. I'm not gonna jump into anything."
Watch Sophie embrace the single life, below.