DENISE Van Outen’s love life has often been a hot topic of conversation.
After she went public with her romance with real estate developer Jimmy Barba in 2022, things went wrong and the couple split up.
Who is Jimmy Barba?
Denise Van Outen and Italian reality star and real estate developer Jimmy began dating in June 2022, just months after she split from her cheating ex Eddie Boxshall.
The couple were first spotted together at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham.
The couple got together after All Saints singer Shaznay Lewis introduced them.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be that way and the two have now gone their separate ways.
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Denise told The Sun: “We have decided to separate but we remain good friends and our families and children are still in touch.”
An insider added: “It was a really hard decision but Denise knew it was best to end things with Jimmy while the romance ran its course.”
“She’s had a tough few weeks and has thrown herself into work to get over it.
“She was so happy after all the drama and upset Eddie had caused and really trusted Jimmy.
“Everyone loved and knew him, which made the decision even more difficult. She feels like she’s back to square one now, but she had to follow her gut.”
What is Jimmy Barba known for?
The real estate developer has a reality TV past and also appeared in his own music video.
In 2010, Jimmy was a household name in Italy when he starred in the eleventh season of Big Brother (Grande Fratello).
He placed fourth on the show and entertained the audience by narrating TWO romances on the show.
Jimmy became close to his co-stars Rosa Baiano and Margherita Zanatta, but the affairs did not 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 make the charts.
He then turned his back on show business to become a property developer, but was linked to other British celebrities.
In 2019, he joked with singer Cheryl on Twitter that he would be “her Valentine” after the Fight For This Love star got in touch with him.
“Do you want to be my Valentine?!” she wrote to Jimmy in a tweet, to which he simply replied, “Yes.”
He then gushed about Sky Sports star Laura Woods as “beautiful” – alongside 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 split when he admitted sending messages to 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 April 2009 in the Seychelles.
Their daughter Betsy was born on May 1, 2010.
However, in July 2013, Lee and Denise went their separate ways.
In the ’90s, Denise dated Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay.