A mother-of-two who became a model after shedding eight-and-a-half stone says she is now confident to start dating after a video pep talk from Robbie Williams.
Bonnie Stainer, 35, chatted with the Take That star who used his Instagram account to be an agony aunt to his fans.
Bonnie told him that she is struggling to go on dates despite her new slimmed down figure.
The DJ, from Saunton, Devon, received expert dating advice from the celebrity – who urged her to get back out there.
Explaining the reality of dating in her area, Bonnie said to Robbie: “I think the average age is retired and everybody else is married.
”There isn’t many single people where I live in a little village.”
Robbie advised: “You’re going to have to travel for love. Why don’t you get yourself on a dating app, kiss some frogs and put yourself out there?”
“When you find the right person and you’re supported and loved and you’re liked, it feels incredibly magical so I know why everyone is searching for it.”But you’ve got to support, and be loved and be likeable too.
“It’s a two-way street. You have got to trust and be trusted. I believe in you.”
Bonnie had met the mega-celeb before – three years ago in fact – when he pulled her up on stage during a show in Coventry.
The pair also bumped into each other at an X Factor show, but have never chatted on the phone until he called out of the blue last night.
Giving further advice, Robbie said: “Don’t hide back in your shell if it doesn’t go right the first time.
”You have to kiss a few frogs. Also be ready to not be so guarded too. It puts people off.
”You’ve got to make yourself a bit vulnerable too. I know it hurts; I’ve been there and have felt that pain and I’ve felt that shame.
”A boat is safe in a port, but that’s not what a boat is made for.”
In September, Bonnie was crowned UK Glamour Awards Model of the Year – a feat she never imagined possible having once weighed more than 16.5st.
Bonnie, who is 5ft 7”, has seen her waist shrink by an incredible 30 inches from 56 to 26 inches, and now weighs 9st.
She had been considering quitting her DJ career because she had lost her confidence to get up on stage when she was overweight.
But now she is getting more work than ever and is also working as a model.
Bonnie, who has previously been a contestant on Take Me Out but didn’t get a date, said: “I feel so much gratitude towards Robbie.
”It’s almost like he picked me up couple years ago when I was at rock bottom and he pulled my on stage and has stepped back in again.
”I’m really lucky as he is just so kind to me. I idolise him and he could not have been nicer.
”I’m not unhappy single, but meeting someone would be the happy ending. Talking to him has definitely motivated me.
”If Paddy McGuinness and Robbie Williams can’t get me a date between them then I will have to be single for life!”
During their conversation, which lasted nearly 20 minutes, Bonnie spoke of her weight loss journey to Robbie and his two million followers.
The FaceTime chat was temporarily cut off when Robbie ran out of ‘Insta time’, and their conversation resumed by the singer asking Bonnie if she was picky.
She said: “Yeah, I’m not into wasting time because it’s really precious.”
Obviously not one to hold back from saying what he really thinks, Robbie replied: “But you’ve wasted the last three years.”
Bonnie laughed and said she hadn’t wasted it and still is looking for her fairytale happy ending.
Bonnie, who is going to see Robbie in concert again in December at Wembley, said: “People think I live a party life because of my job, but the reality is I’m a mum seven days a week and work really hard to sustain career.
”In a club DJing I’m sober and it’s the last place to find a date with a drunken lad.
”As I went through a big transformation with my weight loss I still lack confidence in that area.”
Since her surprise chat with Robbie, Bonnie says she will keep to her promise that her new year’s resolution will be to go on a date, and she will let him know how it goes.
Robbie, who said he had signed 7,000 albums, said talking to his fans was getting him through the laborious task.