Denise Van Outen gave 'telling interview' days before split from fiance Eddie Boxshall was revealed

DENISE Van Outen gave a "telling interview" that may have hinted at relationship tensions just days before her split from Eddie Boxshall.

The former Big Breakfast presenter made a scathing joke about how she would rather "sort out her garden" than get married to stockbroker Eddie.

Denise, 47, told The Mirror that she had her priorities set on sorting out the patio at her Essex home ahead of her wedding day in a chat released earlier this month.

She said: "We’ve not really been focusing on organising a wedding because we’ve been trying to get the house finished and get things done, like a new patio."

"Besides, you can’t plan for anything at the moment so there’s no rush to do anything," the star concluded as she confirmed they would "not be having kids".

“Young people plan weddings because they want to crack on and start a family but that’s not going to happen. It’s not like we are having any more children."

The interview came shortly before Denise revealed she had ditched her fiancé – after discovering he has been having phone sex and dates with other women.

The devastated singer asked Eddie Boxshall to leave the home where they are regularly seen on Channel 4’s Celebrity Gogglebox.

A source said: “It’s the very last thing she expected to happen. She thought this was for ever — but while she has been out at work he’s been sat in her home betraying her trust.”

Denise was planning to tie the knot this year with Eddie.

But she asked him to leave their home after discovering he had been swapping raunchy messages and calls with women he met online and hooking up with another for secret dates.

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A source close to the couple, who had been together for seven years, said: “Denise is both ­furiously angry and utterly heartbroken. It’s the very last thing she expected to happen after she had been so happy with Eddie.

“She thought this was for ever. But while she has been out at work he’s been sat in her home betraying her trust.”

The source said devastated Denise, mum to daughter Betsy, 11, from her marriage to Lee Mead, can see no future with Eddie, who has two grown-up children from a previous relationship.

They went on: “Their families are close, and they get on great with each other’s children. But the trust is totally shattered and she just doesn’t see a way back for their relationship.

“Eddie has moved out to stay with a friend nearby and he’s admitted to some of it already after being pushed for some answers. But Denise is determined to move on with her life.

“She’s angry and upset but she’s always worked hard to support herself and stand on her own two feet, so that’s what she’s determined to do again.”


Denise first began to suspect Eddie, 47, may have been unfaithful when industry rumours began to circulate about his closeness to other women.

After being asked about the allegations by The Sun, she confronted him and was shocked to learn the full extent of his behaviour.

The pal added: “At first she found out there had been messages being swapped online, which upset her of course and she confronted him, though perhaps there could have been a way forward.

“But when she scratched a bit further below the surface she found there was more to it, including trips into London to meet someone else.

"So it just felt like too much to patch up and gloss over. It’s a great shame. She feels she has always been very loyal and supportive of Eddie — but has been betrayed badly in return.”

Denise asked Eddie — dad to son Jordan, 25, and daughter Leah, 22, — to leave their Essex home two months ago.

Her spokesman said of her tricky few months: “Denise is understandably upset about the news, but she remains optimistic for the future.

"Her priority is looking after her daughter and continuing to work on the many exciting projects she has coming up this year.”

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