TV CARLA: I FANCY THE BIGGER BLAINE; EXCLUSIVE David's Sexier Than When We Dated

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Byline: ANNA ADAMS

GMTV beauty Carla Romano, who has dated David Blaine, claims the illusionist is sexier than ever - because he's piled on the pounds.

The Scots-Italian presenter revealed the reason she refused a second date with the millionaire was because he spoke too slowly. She said: "I thought he was a bit odd, to be honest. I didn't have a clue who he was, although everyone else was terribly excited."

But the 32-year-old admitted she found his 14-and-a-half-stone frame a real turn-on when she interviewed him just before his stunt at London's Tower Bridge where he is suspended in a box for 44 days without food.

She said: "I thought he looked sexy. I actually like that chubby thing. I do quite like my men with a bit of meat in their bones."

Carla, who is now dating a "gorgeous investment banker", met Blaine at psychic Uri Geller's wedding two years ago. She agreed to meet him for dinner at an exclusive London hotel. "He is an exceptionally nice guy and we had a lovely meal but he was just not my type. He's far too intense."

Although she has no regrets about turning him down, she is now hoping to meet him again when he comes out of his box - even though he'll be three stone lighter. …