Denise Van Outen joked she’s getting ‘strange looks from the neighbours’ after her
But his presence hasn’t gone unnoticed by Denise’s ‘elderly neighbours’, who she said ‘can’t quite work out what is going on’ behind closed doors.
‘I am living with two guys’: Denise Van Outen joked she’s getting ‘strange looks from the neighbours’ after her Dancing On Ice partner Matt Evers moved in with her and Eddie Boxshall
She said: ‘Matt has moved in with us and lives with us so we have taken our relationship to another level. We have now become a throuple!
‘I am living with two guys and we get a lot of strange looks from the elderly neighbours! They can’t quite work out what is going on – I always leave with a smile on my face. It is lovely.
‘I knew Matt before anyway and unfortunately for him, he was unable to go back to the States to see his friends and family because of lockdown.
‘He was living on his own and felt really lonely and struggled a lot in the first lockdown so I said ‘why don’t you come and live with us?’ And it’s been really lovely.’
‘I always leave with a smile on my face’: The actress shacked up with American-born Matt after he was unable to travel home due to the coronavirus pandemic
She insisted her family has adapted to their new dynamic with ease, as Eddie and her daughter Betsy, 10, who she shares with ex-Lee Mead, 39, love having Matt as a guest at their Essex home.
She said: ‘My daughter absolutely adores him and they’re always in the other room doing TikToks together and Eddie really gets on with him so it’s been really lovely.
‘I know whatever happens in this competition then I will always look back on this with really fond memories. We had Thanksgiving together and we had a whole meal out in the garden and it was really lovely.’
Denise’s daughter has already offered her support in case of any disasters on launch night, telling her mum she will still think she’s ‘brilliant’ even if she falls.
‘Adored’: She insisted her family has adapted to their new dynamic with ease, as her daughter Betsy, who she shares with ex-Lee Mead, love having Matt as a guest at their Essex home
She said: ‘Betsy asked “do you think you’ll be good mummy?” and I said “I really don’t know because I’m not consistent” and she said “well even if you fall over and something goes wrong, I’ll still think you’ll brilliant.” She can’t believe I’m actually doing it.’
Despite being a West End star, with professional dance training and prior experience competing in a live TV show following her appearance on Strictly Come Dancing, Denise admits she’s still ‘petrified’ of doing Dancing On Ice.
She explained: ‘You would not believe it – I would fall over from standing talking but you do get used to it. I am less bruised now, which is good. I am less likely to fall than I was three months ago.
‘So nervous’: Despite being a West End star, with a background in dance and prior experience competing in live shows, Denise admits she’s still ‘petrified’ of doing Dancing On Ice
‘I have always been petrified of being on the ice and having an injury and falling. I have fallen over in most of my sessions.
‘I was so nervous when I was first on the ice that my whole body would tense and then I would keep falling over.
‘I am trying to stay relaxed and not think about injuries so much because you can never predict what you’re going to happen when you’re on ice.
‘I hope I can get through the competition and not be taken over by injury. It is scary.’
- Dancing On Ice, starts on Sunday 17th January at 6pm on ITV