Denise Van Outen plans to marry her partner Eddie Boxshall when the ‘dreadful’ third
The actress, 46, who has been with city trader boyfriend Eddie Boxshall for seven years, told Hello! that, although he has not yet proposed, they have been discussing when to tie the knot.
She also said that her daughter Betsy, 10, who she shares with ex-husband Lee Mead, was ‘desperate’ for them to get married as soon as possible.
Wedding bells: Denise Van Outen plans to marry her partner Eddie Boxshall when the ‘dreadful’ third lockdown ends
She said: ‘After we’ve finished our podcast and this dreadful lockdown ends, there will be wedding bells.
‘Betsy is desperate for us to get married; she tells us that all the time. We want to do it, too, surrounded by all our family and friends.’
Denise and Lee were married between 2009 and 2013. She met Eddie soon after.
The pair have also started seeing a counsellor to ‘iron out the niggles’ ahead of marriage, and their discussions will feature in a new podcast, Before We Say I Do, which launches later in January.
Bubble: Pro skater Matt Evers is living with Denise’s daughter Betsy, 10, Denise and Eddie, during the current lockdown, adhead of Dancing On Ice
She added: ‘There’s been no official proposal yet but we talk about getting married a lot.
‘One day I commented that I never understood why a lot of people dive into marriage without ironing out their niggles first because the problems just creep up on them years later.
‘That’s when we came up with this fun idea for a podcast series for myself and Eddie which would involve having counselling to sort out flaws that most people brush under the carpet before we venture into matrimony.
‘Eddie and I have met different types of counsellors and had the discussions that most couples avoid. We’ve consulted a food therapist and a laughing counsellor and underwent hypnosis where we had to imagine we were each other and speak the truth.’
Denise is competing on the upcoming series of Dancing On Ice and told the magazine her professional partner, Matt Evers, had moved into their home to form a Covid-19 bubble.
Ex: She also said that her daughter Betsy, 10, who she shares with ex-husband Lee Mead [pictured], was ‘desperate’ for them to get married as soon as possible
Denise recently admitted that she is ‘really struggling’ with her intense training regime, having fallen over at every practice.
The TV personality appeared on Lorraine and revealed she is ‘petrified’ by her forthcoming debut on the ITV skating competition.
Talking to presenter Andi Peters, she candidly said: ‘I’m just so scared. If I’d have done this show 10-15 years ago, I’d have had so much confidence, but the older you get, the more aware you are that if you have an injury, it takes you twice as long to recover and I’m just petrified all the time.
‘I’m really struggling’: She is set to appear on Dancing On Ice in 2021 but Denise admitted she’s ‘petrified’ of her upcoming debut after falling over in every training session
‘When I was younger and I was a kid, I did ballet, so I grew up learning to point my toes. That’s the worst thing you can do on ice because you hit your toe pick and go flying.
‘I have literally fallen over in every single training session, I’m the clumsiest out of all the celebrities, it’s ridiculous.’
Speaking to The Sunday Mirror’s
But she also credited her child, eight, as the reason she decided to take the plunge and appear on Dancing On Ice
Feel the fear: ‘I’m just so scared,’ she said, as she discussed her skating progress
She said to Andi, 50: ‘I think I’m crazy. I thought it’d be nice to learn a new skill and my daughter and I, we’ve watched the show for years and she loves it.
‘And I thought, “if I’m ever going to do it, I’ll do it now when she’s 10 and she thinks I’m cool.” If I leave it until she’s 12 or 13, I’ll be embarrassing.
‘So I thought, “do it now while I’m still supple enough to do some of the lifts.” But it’s so hard, it’s so much harder than I thought it was going to be.’
Denise is partnered up with professional skating veteran, Matt Evers.
On the 2020 series of the show, he competed alongside Steps singer, Ian ‘H’ Watkins, and they set a precedent as the first Dancing On Ice same-sex couple.
Motivation: Denise cited her daughter Betsy as the reason she won’t be taking too many risks on the ice but she also credited her as the reason she decided to appear on the show
Speaking on being partnered with the skater, 44, Denise said: ‘He’s so lovely. He’s been on the show since day dot – he’s such a support and he’s got so much patience.
‘The way he’s been teaching me, honestly, I take my hat off to him, because some days he must feel like banging his head against a brick wall. It just doesn’t go in, I’m really struggling.
Out now: Read the full interview in Hello! magazine
‘The performance side of it I love. I’m a bit of jazz hands, but downstairs, the feet are all over the place.’
She added: ‘He’s been living with us which is lovely because we’d met Matt before the show and spent a bit of time with him, we said, “look, why don’t you come and bubble with us?” We love having him here, he’s part of the family now.’
Denise will be competing against the likes of reality star, Billie Faiers, 31, Neighbours legend Jason Donovan, 52, and Rebekah Vardy, 38, who is currently embroiled in a WAG war with Coleen Rooney.
The line-up also includes radio host Myleene Klass, 39, rapper Lady Leshurr, 30, comedian Rufus Hound, 41, DJ Sonny Jay, 27, athletes Colin Jackson, 53 and Graham Bell, 54, and actress Faye Brookes, 33.
Read the full interview in Hello! magazine, out now. Dancing On Ice will begin on ITV on January 17.
Dancing On Ice 2021: Who are the celebrities?
Profession: Musician and radio host
Myleene says: ‘My girls have always wanted me to do this but I’ve always been too scared someone will skate over my fingers!’
Profession: Actor and singer, best know for playing Scott Robinson in Neighbours
Jason says: ‘To be able to learn a skill and spend some time focused is quite exciting, and I’m looking forward to seeing you guys.’
Profession: Actress best known for her role as Kate Connor in Coronation Street
Faye says: ‘I’m so excited! The producers get to know you and this is the first time I think people are just going to see me, not being a character… Just being me – Faye!’
Profession: Former sprint and hurdling athlete, who has since carved out a career as a TV personality
Colin says: ‘You go out there, you enjoy yourself and you learn a new skill and to hone the skill of skating will just be a huge, huge plus. I’m looking forward to it.’
Profession: TV personality
Rebekah says: ‘I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into that. I’m going to give my 100% effort for it all.’
Rufus says: ‘I’m doing it for the money. I don’t know if you’ve heard but about six months ago this global pandemic hit and made just about everything I’ve ever done to earn a pound note disappear!’
DENISE VAN OUTEN
Profession: Performer and presenter, best known for The Big Breakfast
Denise says: ‘I’m really excited. Finally, I get to tell people. I’ve kept this a secret from most of my friends and family. Betsy [her daughter] doesn’t even know….’
Profession: Singer and radio presenter, best known for his daily Breakfast Show on Capital Radio
Sonny says: ‘I don’t want to fall over, not in front of the nation. I don’t want to be a meme the next day!’
Profession: Actor best known for his role as Jacob Gallagher in Emmerdale
Joe-Warren says: ‘I’m super excited. I’m glad I have the time off Emmerdale to really focus on training…’
Profession: Former Olympic skier, who is also a TV presenter, adventurer and journalist
Graham says: ‘Ice doesn’t scare me, it’s the dancing… [My experience was confined to] ‘dancing on tables, wearing ski boots in après ski. It’s not graceful and elegant!’
Lady says: ‘I’m petrified, (but) I’ve always wanted to ice skate so what’s better than doing it in front of millions of people.’
Profession: Television personality
Billie says: ‘I am soooo excited to announce that I will be taking part. I still can’t believe I am actually doing it!!’