THIS Morning viewers were left cringing today as Corrie star Chris Quinten, 61, told his 21-year-old stripper fiance: "I could be your grandad."
He and Robyn Delabarre were on the show to talk about their engagement after he unbuttoned his shirt, got down on one knee and proposed at her birthday party.
One viewer tweeted: "I could be her grandad … he says with a smile on his face ?? nothing to be proud if that ??."
Another roared at the Brian Tilsley actor's words, posting: "I’m old enough to be ur grandfather’ lmaoooo x."
The pair explained how they met at the west London strip club where they both worked but had to keep their romance quiet because of the venue's strict rules on employees dating.
However, Robyn admitted that her parents were horrified when she did finally tell them about their engagement.
She explained: "The family found it really difficult at first but now they're so supportive of me. The age gap is a big thing. It's like: 'Oh', you know?"
And when Holly Willoughby asked her parents age, she replied: "My mum is 38 and my dad's 40."
Chris added: "I could be your grandad. I've spoken to the mum and they all love me, thankfully. We haven't spoken to dad yet but he's OK."
One viewer tweeted: "7 months and not met dad. Wonder why. This is shameful. "
Another astonished fan wrote: "He could be her f***ing grandad. Her mum is 38 and her dad is 40. Did I hear right??????"
A third said: "Yuk, 40 years older and he's been visiting strip clubs since the 80s ?."
Chris revealed how Robyn had been pestering him to book a stripper for her 21st birthday, but when the venue said they wouldn't allow it, he pretended he was doing it himself.
He said: "Robyn kept saying 'I want a stripper' so I reluctantly tried to book a stripper. Then I said: 'I'm doing to do it.'
"Everyone thought it was doing a strip and that's when I popped the question."
The former soap star then whisked Robyn off for a romantic break in Mykonos to celebrate their engagement.
But that didn't go exactly to plan when the beauty, who once dated tragic Love Island star Mike Thalassitis mixed up her sun cream with oil.
She explained: "I got sunstroke and ended up in A&E on a drip."
Actor Chris was one of Corrie's biggest stars in the 80s where he played Gail's husband Brian after arriving on the cobbles in 1978.
However, he got jettisoned from the ITV soap when Brian was killed off in a brutal stabbing in 1989.
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