She was encouraged to join the popular dating app after being encouraged my friends. “So I was like, you know what, I need to try,” she explained. “So obviously I tried it like many people and like many people I had a horrible experience, I nearly got kidnapped, oh my God!”
Yewande did not reveal the man’s identity and only referred to him using the pseudonym Bob.
After her mother dropped her off for the date she noticed that Bob did not look like the pictures on his Tinder profile, but admitted that he didn’t look “too bad”.
She said: “I got my mam to drop me somewhere close-ish enough from the house. Picked me up right, looked at him and I thought: ‘Not too bad! You don’t look like your Tinder picture but you’re not too far away.’
“We were in the car, we got to the bar, got some drinks and it was going grand. I said to him I said to him: ‘Listen, I thought you were gonna be a psychopath but turns out you’re actually a decent person.’
“Then we were heading back to his car right and with me, obviously most people know, I’m not really the most affectionate type of person. When I say I don’t really like affection I’m being deadly serious. It does take me a while and I’m not messing.
“So he kinda so he had his hand around my hip/waist, I was a little bit uncomfortable because unless I get to know you, I’m hesitant when it comes to touching.
“‘But then I soon realised that he wasn’t just grabbing me by the waist, he was checking if I was wearing knickers! I could literally feel his fingers going up and down multiple times, so I was thinking: ‘What are you trying to do?’
Yewande said she saw the Bob’s behaviour as “sign number one” but tried to convince herself it might have been normal behaviour for people who like physical touch.
“So, me being me, I was like ‘Right maybe this is normal for people who like affection, maybe this is what people do?’ So I’m just gonna go with it and this is gonna be fine.
“I got into the car with my seatbelt on. He was driving me home. Now bare in mind I live in Meath and people who live in Meath near Enfield – it is the middle of nowhere! There are cows and sheep left, right and centre. I live in the middle of nowhere.
“He’s driving me home, and this guy starts feeling my legs. Not feeling… scratching with his nails. For some reason he thought this was sexy.
“He starts scratching my leg and I’m thinking ‘Oh my god what am I gonna do? I have no credit, I can’t call anyone. I can’t actually jump out the car cos I was in the middle of nowhere and what am I gonna do?’
“And then he starts like asking me what colour underwear I have on! I thought I was going to get kidnapped. I was like, ‘this is how people die and get locked up in dungeons,’ like, this is how it happens!
“I was too scared to react because I was like: ‘What if this goes south and he just goes insane? Then what am I going to do?’
Yewande asked her date to drop her off in a “random housing estate” after he made her feel uncomfortable. The estate was far from her actual home and she ended up walking back.
“[I] Pretend like I’m going into this random person’s house right, then he drives off. And then I go home and get a message saying ‘oh hey, I hope I wasn’t being too forward, hope you had a great time…’ in what life?!
“Then I went to tell my friends and they were like yeah, that normally doesn’t happened, maybe you should not use Tinder!”
Yewande competed on the fifth season of Love Island, which aired on ITV 2 in 2019.
Tyla has contacted Tinder for a comment.