Normal People hunk Paul Mescal signs up to exclusive celebrity dating app Raya in quest for romance

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NORMAL People hunk Paul Mescal is searching for love on exclusive, celebrity dating app Raya.

The 24-year-old actor, one of the nation’s most eligible bachelors following his role as Connell in the BBC series, has set up a profile featuring a number of arty photographs, The Sun can reveal.

He was photographed having breakfast with US singer Phoebe Bridgers, 25, in Ireland last week, leading some to believe they were an item.

But he has used her song I Know The End on his profile, suggesting he is just a fan of her music.

A source said: “Paul has become very famous in lockdown and he could have practically any woman he wants at this point.

“He knows he would be recognised instantly on regular dating apps so has turned to Raya because it’s more exclusive and discreet.

“He had to be invited onto it by one of his new celebrity pals and then apply before he was allowed to set up an account. But there are lots of beautiful people on there for him.”

Niall Horan, 26, and Jack Whitehall, 32, are among blokes who have been known to use the app in the past.

The Sun told last week how Capital DJ Roman Kemp, 27, had also signed up for Raya after splitting from his long-term girlfriend Anne-Sophie Flury.

The app, which is popular among the rich and famous, is invite-only so that not everyone can sign up.

Paul was bombarded with compliments on social media after viewers binged on Normal People when it was released in April, but he admitted he found the attention tough.

On becoming an overnight sex symbol, he previously said: “To be honest, it’s uncomfortable.

“I’m not trying to be full of faux humility but it’s a weird thing when people are very quickly attracted to a character you play.

“And I think that’s the thing I’m focusing on. I’m not Connell, I’m totally different to him.

“I think maybe what’s sexy about Connell is he’s kind of classic back-footed, aloof, smart. I’m definitely not back-footed or aloof.

“It was kind of fun at the start – ‘Oh, this is mad, people think that Connell’s sexy’ – and then a weird thing has kind of crept in where, when people DM, there’s this feeling that maybe there’s an anticipation that I’m him.

“This is for the record – if anybody ever dates me, I am not Connell, and nor do I want to be him.”

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