CELEBS Go Dating fans were left in tears after Tom Zanetti opened up about his late girlfriend.
The 31-year-old DJ’s world was rocked in 2010, aged 21, when his girlfriend of three years died in a car crash.
Tom Zanetti got emotional talking about his late girlfriend on E4’s Celebs Go Dating: The MansionCredit: Channel 4
Lizzie Pickavance was just 20 years old at the time, and was returning from work in Manchester when she lost control of her car on the M62 near Gildersome and the vehicle smashed into a tree.
He opened up about the night she died to love counsellors Anna Williamson and Paul Carrick Brunson on E4′ Celebs Go Dating: The Mansion.
“She passed away. She didn’t come home one morning,” he told them.
“She fell asleep at the wheel, she used to work nights, I used to wait for her every single night. So the only night I went to sleep, I woke up and she wasn’t there.”
Lizzie Pickavance was just 20 years old when she died after falling asleep at the wheel of her carCredit: Instagram/Tom Zanetti
Tom said she was ‘the one’ Credit: Channel 4
Tom started getting emotional as he told them more: “F***king hell, I tell this story a lot when people ask, I don’t usually get emotional. I think because of the pressure in the house and I’m opening up to you guys.”
Celebs Go Dating fans admitted the moment “got them emotional” and praised him for being so open.
“Crying at Tom Zanetti on Celebs Go Dating. What a guy,” wrote one Twitter user.
Another added: “Tom Zanetti opening up about his life has got me. Strong and inspiring! #CelebsGoDating.”
And found it hard to open up to other women after Lizzie’s death
And a third said: “I’ve slated Tom Zanetti but man I just wanna give the guy a hug listening to how his missus died. poor bloke.”
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Tom told how Lizzie was “the one” as he reflected on why he hasn’t yet settled down.
He explained: “She was the one, that’s what’s difficult, I suppose if you want to be honest and deep about it.
“I met Lizzie when I were 18 and I had three good years with her. It was just perfect. And then after she died, I just lost my head a bit and I was trying to replace what I had with her.
Tom said Lizzie was the love of his life
“She was the one and it does make you think: ‘I might be chasing that same thing again.’ And then when I realise that that person isn’t Lizzie, then it doesn’t work.”
Tom continued: “When I was like 16, and it’s going to sound daft, but I always pictured myself being married with kids when I was 26. That was my aim in life.
“When you’re younger you think stuff like that and obviously life doesn’t work out like that. So if I’d have stayed with Lizzie, that would have been the plan, but obviously it didn’t work out.
“So I feel like after Liz, I had two years just a bit off the rails, in a sense, and then every girlfriend I tried to settle down with to get what I had with her.
He’s starring alongside Wayne Lineker and Chloe FerryCredit: Instagram
“I gave everything, I was completely loyal, just to see where it’d go without any false pretences and those relationships have not worked out.
“I am a family man, very family oriented, I’ve always wanted that kind of life. So I don’t know, we’ll see what happens. I don’t want to give too much away of myself again.”
Tom opened up to love gurusCredit: Channel 4
Celebs Go Dating is on E4 every weeknight at 9pmCredit: Rachel Joseph/Lime
Tom became a dad to son Deaconn when he was just 17 years old, with he and Lizzie meeting and falling in love when his little boy, now 14, was 18 months old.
The new series of Celebs Go Dating launched earlier this week, with Chloe Ferry, Curtis Prichard, and Wayne Lineker among the other stars taking part in the show.
This series saw all of the stars move into a Surrey mansion together so that they could form a bubble for filming amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
- Celebs Go Dating is on every weeknight at 9pm on E4