Craig David, 40, admits he has struggled to open up to women since his first breakup

Craig David has admitted that he has struggled to open up to women after his first teenage heartbreak, which left him single at the age of 40.

The singer, known for his R&B love songs, said his heart was ‘closed’ after losing his first crush at school, and has only been able to maintain a relationship for two and a half years since then.

During an appearance on The Diary of a CEO With Steven Barlett podcast, he confessed: ‘My heart was so open, I had my first heartbreak and it just went from being a kid with an open heart, to being suddenly shattered.

Tragic: Craig David has admitted he has struggled to open up to women after his first teenage heartbreak, which left him single at 40 (pictured in 2021)

Tragic: Craig David has admitted he has struggled to open up to women after his first teenage heartbreak, which left him single at 40 (pictured in 2021)

‘I’ve never felt anything like it before. After my childhood sweetheart broke up, my heart was kind of closed.

“I feel open enough to apologize for relationships that kept my heart closed. I feel sorry for the girls and women in the later stages of my life who tried to open my heart.’

In the midst of his struggle to find the lucky woman, the MOBO winner apparently gets the attention of unwanted fans.

In January, MailOnline reported that a cult who had stalked Craig for five years planned to challenge an injunction barring him from contacting him, a court has heard.

Tanya Jeal, 31, became ‘obsessed and infatuated’ with the singer, insisting she was his girlfriend and stalking him since 2016, Highbury Corner Magistrates Court was told.

In a summary of the allegations presented to the court, the 7 Days singer accused Jeal of showing up at his house in November 2021 and ringing the intercom several times while holding up a photo taken with him five years earlier.

Southampton-born Craig said Jeal had previously stayed in the same hotel as him, waited for him to come and go, and stood before a recent show in Bedford ‘still motionless’ with the photo, the court said.

The Metropolitan Police obtained an interim Stalker Protection Order (SPO) in December, barring Jeal from contacting the star for one year.

Oh no: He confessed: 'My heart was very open, I had my first heartbreak and it just went from being a kid with an open heart, to being suddenly broken' (pictured Saturday)

Oh no: He confessed: ‘My heart was very open, I had my first heartbreak and it just went from being a kid with an open heart, to being suddenly broken’ (pictured Saturday)

Jeal appeared via video link from his suburban home in Orpington, Kent for a review hearing today, ahead of proceedings to decide whether to enforce the full order.

He insists he will oppose it, adding that he wants to call David as a witness so he can examine him.

Flora Curtis, representing the Metropolitan Police, said the singer did not need to be called as a witness because all the evidence was in a statement.

She said: ‘He would be very depressed and find it quite difficult emotionally to be in the same room with him and especially being questioned by him.’

The case is next scheduled to be heard in the same court on March 10 ahead of the final hearing on March 31.

However, the court heard an application was being made to transfer proceedings to Bromley Magistrates’ Court, near Jeal’s home.

District Judge Alexander Jacobs told the review hearing that Jeal needed to justify in writing why David needed to be present.

Jeal, who smiled throughout the trial, had until January 27 to file a formal request to change the court.

He must also provide a bundle with the evidence he wants to rely on and state why David must attend the cross-examination, by February 24 at the latest.

Jeal is alleged to have stayed at David’s hotel and used the emergency exit to reach his room, where he knocked on the door and sent a Snapchat photo and message: ‘I know you love me.’

He is said to have posted a note under the door saying ‘I hope Budda deals with lies like you, Budda will take this from here, you bastard, from Tanya, your mother’s boyfriend’.

Jeal also allegedly sent ‘abusive’ messages to the singer’s management, believing he was ‘under the same control as Britney Spears’, the summary added.

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