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Stars turn out in force for the launch of Ollie Locke’s new dating app Chappy

By Will Stroude

The UK’s gay glitterati turned out in force for the launch of Made in Chelsea star Ollie Locke’s new gay dating app Chappy last week, packing out Phonica Records in the heart of London’s Soho with more talent and good looks than you can swipe right at.

Former Scottish rugby union a star Thom Evans was a rare straight sight on a celebrity guest-list that included the likes of MNEK, Australian former bobsledder and Attitude Hot 100 winner Simon Dunn, presenter James Barr and infamous DJ Jodie Harsh – not to mention Ollie himself, who ensured every eye was on him in a tailored polka-dot suit.

The 29-year-old’s latest venture, backed by the creators of Bumble, is billed as a “new chapter in gay dating”, changing up the online dating game for boys who like boys by offering users the ultimate control over what kind partner – or, erm, encounter – they are looking for depending on their mood.


London… that’s how it’s done! Full launch party video coming tomorrow 🍻👬

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There were certainly plenty of eligible gents at Thursday night’s launch party, where guests enjoyed cocktails to the pulsing sounds of DJ Jodie Harsh and a stonking live set by rising British pop singer KStewart.

The party spirit carried on throughout the night, and there was definitely a whiff of love in the air for some of the well-known faces that Attitude bumped into at the bar…

“Chappy is all about providing gay men with choice. We want men to feel confident to pursue whatever type of connection they want,” Ollie’s Chappy co-founder Jack Rogers says.

“Empowering the gay community and creating a safer space for gay men to make genuine connections whether they are looking for their Mr. Right or Mr. Right Now, That’s why we’ve created Chappy.”

One thing’s for sure – if the app can pull in a user base with half as much jaw-line as was on show last Thursday, you’re in for a treat indeed…

Check out some of the highlights from the Chappy launch party below:

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