TIA Lineker insists her dad Wayne is looking for a “deep” relationship and isn’t all about the party lifestyle.
The millionaire club owner, 58, shocked Celebs Go Dating viewers when he admitted he’d never dated anyone over the age of 30.
Tia Lineker, 22, says her dad Wayne is looking for a deep relationshipCredit: Instagram
Wayne, right, admitted he’d never dated anyone over the age of 30 on Celebs Go DatingCredit: Tia Lineker
But his 22-year-old daughter says the dad-of-four, who was engaged to model Danielle Sandhu, 28, before splitting in December 2019, is searching for “someone to share his life with” – rather than a quick fling.
In an exclusive chat with Fabulous, Tia explains: “I think my dad’s doing really well on Celebs Go Dating, he’s just coming across like his usual self, which is the most important thing.
“He’s showing his loving self and that he is such a lovely person. He wants something deeper than what people assume.
“He’s not bothered about partying and drinking, he just does really want to find someone and have someone to share his life with.”
The dad-of-four has been married twice and was engaged to his last girlfriend, now 28Credit: Tia Lineker
Wayne, who’s brother to football pundit Gary Lineker, owns celeb favourite club O Beach Ibiza, as well as the Linekers bar chain and a string of other ventures – and is often pictured surrounded by beautiful women.
The twice-divorced business owner is dad to sons Duane, 35, Sean, and 15-year-old Freddie, as well as granddad to Myla and Aria, through Duane.
Tia, who’s his daughter with ex-wife Zoe Davey, says of her dad: “We’ve always been close.
My dad’s not bothered about partying and drinking, he just does really want to find someone and have someone to share his life with
“I’m his only girl so I think we’ve just got this really special bond.
“We speak every single day and he lives one minute’s walk from me, so he’s constantly dropping stuff off at my door and coming over when he can.
“When life’s back to normal, we’ll go on holiday together. We’ve just always been really, really close.
“I don’t tend to get involved with his dating life, he’s a really good judge of character so anyone he has ever brought to meet the family we’ve always absolutely loved. We just let him get on with it really.”
Wayne owns popular Ibiza club O BeachCredit: Tia Lineker
Tia does a shot with Molly Mae at O Beach, taken last summerCredit: Tia Lineker
Tia, who downed shots with Tommy Fury and Molly Mae at O Beach last summer, says it’s “not strange” partying with her dad, because she’s grown up around the businesses.
She adds: “It’s become the normal now, he’s always been in that industry so we’ve always been around it.
“I love it, everyone’s always saying to me ‘I can’t believe you are how you are’.
“I’m very sensible, I barely drink and party, I think being around it all the time sends you the other way.
“My dad’s always been open to us enjoying ourselves and it’s amazing to be able to do that with him.”
Tia is loved up with former pro footballer Harry Agombar, 28Credit: Tia Lineker
She was recently tipped for Love Island and was gobsmacked by the rumoursCredit: Tia Lineker
As for Tia, she’s loved up with boyfriend of seven years Harry Agombar, 28, a former pro footballer, who’s also her business partner.
And she says their lives haven’t changed much during the pandemic, aside from it putting a halt to their travel plans.
She explains: “Looking at last year and the year before, general life at home is pretty much the same.
I don’t tend to get involved with my dad’s dating life, he’s a really good judge of character so anyone he has ever brought to meet the family we’ve always absolutely loved
“We normally go into London quite a lot, we go for nice meals but we barely go out to be honest because my boyfriend doesn’t drink.
“We’re barely partying so we don’t miss that aspect of it. It’s mainly holidays we’re missing the most.
“I’m lucky with work I get to go quite a lot of trips, as well as personal and family trips, so I’m usually away at least once-a-month.”
Tia normally holidays ‘at least once a month’Credit: Instagram
Pictured in Dubai last year, which she travelled to before restrictions came into placeCredit: Instagram
Despite her strong relationship, Tia was recently tipped to be joining Love Island by bookies Ladbrokes – after her dad was a hit on Celebs Go Dating.
Tia laughs: “It’s funny because my boyfriend’s sister actually sent me the article.
“When I read it I was just like ‘what?’ I was completely shocked, as anyone would be reading that story about them.
“I’ve been with my boyfriend for seven years, we’re very happy and anyone that knows us knows we’re really strong.
“We’re like best friends. We just laughed it off really, people make up things all the time. I have no idea where that came from.”
Tia owns clothing label Sport LuxeCredit: Instagram
She also sells fedora hats with Palms HaltCredit: Tia Lineker
As well as living together, Harry and Tia own fedora hat company Palms Halt and athleisure brand Sport Luxe.
She says: “We’re business partners in both of our brands and we’re literally together 24 hours of every single day.
You have to realise some people aren’t going to like what you’re doing or how you look, you can’t please everyone
“But it’s always been like that so we’re used to it and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
“Sport Luxe is my little baby now. I never never expected it but it grew really quickly and I’ve got so many exciting things planned for both businesses.
“It’s a dream really, I’ve always wanted to have my own brands. I’m very, very happy with how this turned out.”
Tia is a model and influencerCredit: Instagram
At just 22, she’s got an impressive career under her beltCredit: Instagram
Given she’s still only 22, Tia has all the makings of a multi-millionaire career like her dad, who’s rumoured to be worth £30m.
She says: “Of course I would love to be on the 30 under 30 list, I’m sure everyone would, but I don’t look at that as my main goal.
“I just want to be really comfortable in life, to not have any worries.
“For the brands, I would love to take them to higher levels, to be in stores and with major retailers, I just want them to be household names.
“Then for my personal self, my goal is just mainly about being comfortable.”
Tia poses in her MissPap collection – which she describes as her modelling career highlightCredit: Instagram
Apart from missing out on holidays, Tia says her life hasn’t been changed much by lockdownCredit: Instagram
Tia started modelling for Instagram boutiques aged 14 and used the glam pics to grow her platform.
She’s now a full-time influencer, with 488,000 followers, and has worked with brands like PrettyLittleThing, Oh Polly and MissPap.
She says: “It started off as modelling and led to my career of being an influencer, which I absolutely love.
“I get so many nice messages, about being someone’s outfit inspiration, someone’s body inspiration, I’m always surrounded by lovely messages.
“In regards to trolls, everyone gets them. I tend to not look into the horrible messages so much.
“It’s normally something about my appearance. But I feel like as long as I’m happy with myself, that’s all that matters at the end of the day.
“For every negative comment, there’s hundreds of nice ones.
“You have to realise some people aren’t going to like what you’re doing or how you look, you can’t please everyone.
“I still do modelling too. If I looked back and told myself I’d be working with these amazing brands, I never would have believed it.
“I’d say the biggest achievement for me was my collection with MissPap, because I designed everything, I modelled in the shoot, I just had complete control over that.”