gh songwriting. And now, thousands are flocking to see him in action at sell-out gigs. But theres one face in the crowd that is extra special to him - that of his long-term girlfriend, Lily, whom he wooed on the show. After nearly a year together, Daniel speaks with excitement about their future. Daniel and Lilys first date featured on Channel 4 show The Undateables (Image: Channel 4) Daniel, who is autistic, is selling out shows across the country and has just released his second album Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in8CancelPlay n
ow Read MoreRelated ArticlesMum brutally tortured and electrified paddles through crocodile-infested waters in desperate escape to UK Lily likes me on the telly, and now shes being my girlfriend, the fan favourite told Mirror Online with a smile. It feels so lovely when Im with her. Its been nearly a year now. Lily is a regular fixture in the crowd whenever Daniel performs - something he is increasingly doing as his music career takes off. Once a
painfully shy teenager, he had written songs about his desire to find a girlfriend before he met her. And his mum, Carol, had even set up a dating agency for people with learning disabilities to help him find the One
. Now, Daniel grins broadly whenever Lilys name is mentioned. Daniel has been dating Lily since Nove
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ntioned (Image: Channel 4) Daniels mum said she has been delighted to see his relationship with Lily blossom (Image: Channel 4) Read MoreRelated ArticlesHarsh reality inside hospital where hero doctor uses spare CAR PARTS to perform major surgery in war-torn South Sudan The TV legend was accompanied by his girlfriend at the launch of his new album, Thats How I See It, in his hometown of Brighton last month. And he and his band have since embarked on a nationwide tour. Mum Carol, 60, said she and Daniels dad, Barry, 69, are proud of their sons achievements. She said: Were just so proud of what Daniel has achi
eved with his music. I think back to when he was young and he was very shy, and now hes entertaining thousands of people who love him for who he is. Its so important too in changing societys perceptions of what people with learning disabilities can achieve. The Undateables star has released his second album (Image: Daniel Wakeford) Daniel, who grins whenever Lilys name is mentioned, has
proved a hit with music fans across the country (Image: Paul Mansfield) Carol added that she has been delighted to see Lily at Daniels side. She said: To see his relationship with Lily blossom has been wonderful. She loves coming to Daniels shows and cheering him on from the front - and Daniel always likes to dedicate one of his songs such as I Love Girlfriend or A Song for You to her... And Daniel loves the attention that comes with his newfound fame. Sitting in the office of Brighton-based charity Carousel - which helps people with learning difficulties develop their creative skills - he said: Everything is really great when Im being a f
amous star. I love meeting my fans. He first started working with the organisation in 2009, having discovered a love for singing while at school. Daniel with band and family members while on tour (Image: Daniel Wakeford) The TV legend is pictured with guitarist Gareth Evans This passion was nurtured by staff at Carousel, which employs musicians to help embrace clients musical talent. And over the past year, Daniel has spent hours in a recording studio creating new material. It was so wonderful to my life, he told us. I was a little bit nervous, I used my powerful voice and my soft voice. Fortunately, the hard work has paid off, with hundreds of thousands of people listening to his music on Spotify. One track, Playboy Girls, has amassed 145,000 streams on the music app. Its a beautiful sexy song, like being at the Playboy mansion with Hugh Heffner, Daniel smiled. Everybody love
s hearing that song. The 30-year-olds songs have been streamed hun
dreds of thousands of times on Spotify (Image: Publ
icity Picture) Daniel on
the road with his band members and parents (Image: Daniel Wakeford) He has been hailed for presenting a positive image of disabled people, with his success opening doors for others. Guitarist Gareth Evans, who performs as part of the Daniel Wakeford Experience, said: Hes really unique for an artist with a learning disability, theres no one else that Ive worked with yet whos been able to take control of their career like this. Its a real success story. Daniel has grown up honing his craft and now hes doing massive shows. Its fantastic, people recognise him as a musician and as an artist. When told that his upcoming London show - at the O2 Academy in Islington - had sold out, Daniel laughed and cheekily said: Of course. Among his fans is famous rocker Frank Turner, who described a recent show as an absolute delight, sheer joy and showmanship with wonderful songs. The couple featured on TV show The Undateables (Image: Channel 4) Daniel says he has no regrets about appearing on The Undateables (Image: Paul Mansfield) And BBC DJ Marc Riley deemed Daniel a legend and an inspiration. Now, whenever he performs, the crowd sings his lyrics back at him.
It feels really great when I sing, my fans sing really really well, Daniel enthused. The crowd favourites, predictably, include The Black of Lonely, which he penned when he was just 17. They really like it, Daniel said. He now has two albums under his belt - 2016s The Song of Gigs and his latest longplayer. Gareth, 36, said: Its been lovely to see how its blos
somed and how much Dan has gained so many fans. Its a real pleasure spending time in Dans company, hes a really fun friendly guy and hes massively talented. Its no surprise people are enjoying it.