Graham Norton thinks modern society puts too much of an emphasis on "following your dream".

Graham Norton

Graham Norton

The 55-year-old chat show host has hit out at parents who give such advice to their children, and insisted it makes the youth more deluded about where their talents actually lie.

He told The Sun newspaper's TV Bizarre column: "I do think that there is too much of 'following your dream' now. In the early Eighties it meant some-thing.

"Now it is like, 'Stop following your dream. You are terrible. Find a new dream'. I do feel it is down to parents encouraging children when they shouldn't.

"Stop putting drawings on the fridge. Just say, 'This one... not good enough'. When they say, 'Oh, he is the cleverest boy in the world' - no he is not. Just a thought, parents. That ship might have sailed in your household, I don't know."

Meanwhile, Graham - who split from ex Andrew Smith three years ago - recently opened up on his own love life and revealed he ditched Tinder because he didn't want to meet "broken people".

He previously explained: "I was on Tinder a couple of years ago, but I'm not on it now. I felt like I'd done it. There's a law of diminishing returns on Tinder.

"I met a few people and thought, 'God, there are a lot of broken people in the world and I don't really need to meet them' - I don't need to be part of their damage."

He joked that alcohol is one of his passions now, and although he's drinking less nowadays he's wary of admitting it.

He added: "Booze is one of my great loves. Lots of people drink, so it's not like I have a niche interest.

"I've probably started drinking less as I've got older but if I say, 'I've cut down,' then I feel like the prigs have won. I think people should drink whatever they want to drink, because drinking is fun!"

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