Celebrity Date Stories: Lily Claire of Lily and the Parlour Tricks Shares Her Ultimate Dealbreaker

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lily and the parlour tricksLily and the Parlour Tricks, led by 24-year-old frontwoman Lily Claire (pictured, front row center), is one of CMJ’s most-anticipated bands (check out this video to find out why. How can you not feel good listening to this?). The New York-based band just released their self-titled EP yesterday. As part of our new series on celebrity date stories (they’re just like us!), Lily told HowAboutWe about how a guy who had a killer pickup line turned out to be a little too killer for her in other parts of his life. Her story:

OK. One afternoon I was sitting in Washington Square Park reading. A good-looking guy approached me and said, “I don’t mean to be rude, but I would be kicking myself forever if I didn’t introduce myself to you.” Good line.

We talked for a few minutes, then he asked me if he could give me HIS number, and if I wanted to I should call him and he’d take me out for a drink. Charming. A couple days later I called him up, we named a time and a place, and we met for a drink. He couldn’t have been nicer or more attentive, asking questions about what I do, what my interests are, etc. Then I finally asked him what he does. He responded, “Oh, I’m gearing up for the UFC.” I was silent for a moment, then replied, “You can’t mean the Ultimate Fighting Championship.” But lo, he did.

He proceeded to spend the next hour telling me, with wild enthusiasm, the ins and outs of cage fighting, what few horrifying moves aren’t allowed (fish-hooking is a big no-no, apparently), and how he hopes to be as big a success in the cage fighting world as his father … and grandfather. I’ve always been open to dating people with professions I know nothing about, but this was too much. Needless to say, I politely declined his request to accompany me home. Hope he’s doing well.

So what can we learn from Lily’s almost-perfect match? While a guy’s approach might seem cute and charming, it takes more than a good first impression to make a couple compatible. If you meet a hot guy in the park and get his digits, it might not be a bad idea to try and also get his name so that you can Google him. If you have a major dealbreaker like “Don’t be a UFC fighter,” it’ll be helpful to find that out as soon as possible – preferably, before you go ahead and meet up for a drink. That said, one girl’s bad date might be another girl’s treasure, so if you love UFC it might be a good time to start hanging out in Washington Square Park.