Miss England finalist, 23, left scarred by Ferne McCann’s acid thug ex finds love on Channel 4 show First Dates
- Sophie Hall, 23, was left scarred after Arthur Collins threw acid on her in 2017
- Miss Hall has now found love on First Dates with a new man called Bailey
- She left viewers feeling emotional after recalling the moment of her attack
A Miss England finalist left scarred by Ferne McCann’s acid thug former boyfriend has found love on Channel 4 show First Dates.
Sophie Hall suffered damage to her shoulders, arms, and face after Arthur Collins threw acid on her outside a London nightclub on Easter Weekend in 2017.
The 23-year-old has now found love on First Dates with Bailey and recalled the moment of her attack, leaving viewers feeling emotional.
She had been out celebrating her friend Lauren Trent’s birthday at the time, she told viewers. ‘I knew my face was a mess. I could feel it in my hands,’ she said.
Sophie Hall (pictured left) has now found love on First Dates with strapping Bailey (right) on Channel 4 show First Dates nearly three years after suffering chemical burns
‘It was all blistered… I knew I would be scarred for life.’
She added: ‘It’s not something I’ll be ever able to forget about and it obviously still haunts me but it’s something that I’ve had to adapt to. I should never have had to get used to but it’s something now that will be with me forever.’
Ms Hall (pictured after being attacked with acid in April 2017) revealed how she believed that she would be ‘scarred for life’, telling viewers: ‘I knew my face was a mess’
Now Ms Hall is happy in her own skin as she linked arms with Bailey on First Dates (pictured)
Ms Hall suffered damage to her shoulders, arms and face after Arthur Collins threw acid on her outside a London nightclub (pictured on First Dates)
Social-media users were left feeling emotional while watching the programme, anbd flocked to Twitter to heap praise on the ‘pretty’ and ‘stunning’ Ms Hall.
One person posted: ‘This show, Really hope things go well for Bailey and Sophie.’
Another user slammed Ms Hall’s attacker, thundering: ‘Poor Sophie. That acid attack was horrific. She is doing well and the hospital did a great job on her.
‘Anyone who uses acid to attack other deserves never to breathe free air again.’
And another was so wowed by Ms Hall that they commented: ‘Sophie is stunning both inside and out after what she went through.’
Social-media users flocked online after watching the emotional segment to praise Ms Hall’s candidness and bravery in opening up about the acid attack. One Twitter account (pictured) thundered how Ms Hall’s attacker ‘deserves never to breathe free air again’
One Twitter user described Ms Hall as ‘stunning both inside and out’ (pictured)
Another was so wowed by Ms Hall’s recovery, calling her ‘really pretty’ (pictured)
Another Twitter user simply commented: ‘So pleased for Sophie and Bailey’ (pictured)
Ms Hall sat drinking a glass of wine with Bailey (left). Social media users wished her all the best
Ms Hall suffered chemical burns caused by Collins’ unprovoked acid attack upon clubgoers at Mangle E8 in Hackney in April 2017.
Wearing a shirt with the words Candy Killer printed on the front, the drug-dealing scaffolder fled the scene and hid out in an empty house in Northampton.
He was arrested and convicted of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and nine counts of actual bodily harm that November.
Collins (pictured), a former businessman from Broxbourne, Hertfordshire threw acid across the packed dance floor at Mangle nightclub in East London
Collins, of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, had already been serving a six-month sentence suspended for one year after punching a man in Greenwich.
The court heard how Collins had five prior convictions going back to 2008 for the possession of cocaine, public order offences, and criminal damage.
In 2013, Collins had even received a warning after his ex-girlfriend’s mother told police he’d called to say she was a ‘c**t’ and had threatened an acid attack.
But the judge branded Collins ‘an accomplished and calculating liar’ who had shown ‘not the slightest remorse’ for his acid attack.
Collins (left) has a daughter, Sunday, with former TOWIE star Ferne McCann (right) after the pair met and fell in love after Ms McCann’s six-year relationship with Charlie Sims ended
The thug had even deliberately taken strong acid with him on the night ‘to use when the need arised’, the court also heard.
Sentenced at Wood Green Crown Court one month later, the thug was handed a 20-year jail term with an extra five on licence.
Collins has a young daughter, Sunday, with reality TV celebrity Ms McCann. The pair met after the TOWIE star shot to fame on the ITV series in 2013.
Ms McCann was in a six-year relationship with fellow TOWIE talent Charlie Sims before meeting and falling in love with scaffolder Collins.
She announced her pregnancy with Collins’ child just two days after reports of his arrest as a suspect in the Mangle E8 nightclub acid attack. Ms McCann gave birth to daughter Sunday the same week that Collins was convicted.
Social media users were left feeling emotional while watching the programme.