DENISE Van Outen’s love life is often a hot topic of discussion.
After going public with her romance with real estate developer Jimmy Barba in 2022, things turned sour and the couple broke up.
Who is Jimmy Barba?
Denise Van Outen and Italian reality TV star and real estate developer Jimmy started dating in June 2022, just months after she split from ex Eddie Boxshall.
The couple were first spotted together at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham.
The couple met after All Saints singer Shaznay Lewis introduced them.
Sadly, that didn’t work out and the couple have now gone their separate ways.
Denise told The Sun: “We have decided to split up but we are still great friends and our families and children still keep in touch.”
An insider later added: “It was a really difficult decision but Denise knew it was best to end things with Jimmy because the romance kept happening.
“She has had a difficult few weeks and has thrown herself into work to get through it.
“She is very happy after all the tragedy and sadness caused by Eddie and really trusts Jimmy.
“Everyone loves and knows him, which makes the decision even harder. Now she feels like she is back to normal, but she has to follow her determination.”
What is Jimmy Barba known for?
The real estate developer has a history of reality TV – as well as appearing in his own music videos.
Back in 2010, Jimmy became a household name in Italy when he starred in the 11th series of Big Brother (Grande Fratello).
He finished in fourth place on the show – keeping the audience entertained by highlighting TWO romances on the show.
Jimmy was close to co-stars Rosa Baiano and Margherita Zanatta, but that relationship didn’t last in the outside world.
Instead, Jimmy embarked on a short-lived music career, releasing three pop singles between 2012 and 2013 – which failed to chart.
After that, he turned his back on showbiz to become a real estate developer but had relationships with other British female celebrities.
In 2019, he joked with singer Cheryl on Twitter that he would “be her Valentine” after the Fight For This Love star reached out to him.
“Want to be my Valentine?!” she wrote to Jimmy in a tweet, to which he replied simply: “That’s right
He later praised Sky Sports star Laura Woods as “beautiful” – along with a kiss emoji – after she posted a selfie.
Who did Denise Van Outen date?
Denise dated commodities trader Eddie Boxshall from 2014 to 2022, but they broke up when he admitted to texting other women.
Before Eddie, Denise was married to actor and singer Lee Mead.
They met when she was a judge on BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do in 2007.
The couple announced their engagement in January 2009 and married in Seychelles in April 2009.
Their daughter Betsy was born on May 1, 2010.
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However, Lee and Denise went their separate ways in July 2013.
In the 90s, Denise dated Jamiroquai leader Jay Kay.