EXC: Denise Van Outen has been won over by ‘funny and charismatic’ Jimmy Barba
Denise Van Outen’s new boyfriend Jimmy Barba was once an Italian reality star who sent flirty messages to Cheryl and Laura Woods, MailOnline can reveal.
The singer, 48, went public this week with new husband Jimmy, 55, as they attended the Grand Prix Ball – five months after she split from cheating ex Eddie Boxshall.
Denise has had a long life in the spotlight, starring in several shows and demonstrating her West End vocal talents, and it has now been revealed that her new partner has forged a similar career path.
Brushes of fame: Denise Van Outen’s new boyfriend Jimmy Barba was once an Italian reality star (pictured right on Big Brother Italy) who sent flirty messages to Cheryl and Laura Woods, MailOnline can reveal
In 2010, Jimmy became a household name in Italy after starring in the 11th series of Big Brother (Grande Fratello), where he finished in fourth place.
While he may not have won the series and bagged the top prize of €300,000, he kept audiences entertained during his stint by having romances with two of his roommates, Rosa Baiano and Margherita Zanatta.
What followed was a short-lived pop career, with Jimmy releasing three singles between 2012 and 2013 – though they failed to light the charts.
More recently, Jimmy — who described his career as a dancer and farmer when he appeared on Grande Fratello — has shunned the world of showbiz to become a property developer.
Cute couple: The 48-year-old singer went public this week with her new husband Jimmy, 55, as they attended the grand prix prom – five months after she split from her cheating ex Eddie Boxshall
However, the British-Italian star revealed that he still has an interest in celebrity culture when he struck up a conversation with Sky Sports singer Cheryl and Laura Woods.
In 2019, Jimmy quickly offered himself as a romantic prospect for Cheryl, 34, who tweeted, “Wanna be my Valentine?!” Jimmy is asked to quickly answer ‘Yes’.
In December 2021, Jimmy was quick to call Laura “Beautiful” with a kissing emoji after sharing a photo showing off one of her outfits.
Jimmy is said to have dated Denise for a few weeks after he was introduced by All Saints star Shaznay Lewis, with an insider telling MailOnline that they were “on a few dates.”
“It’s still early days but everything is going very well and Denise is happy,” the source revealed.
Stripping: In 2010, Jimmy became a household name in Italy after starring in the 11th series of Big Brother
Singing sensation: What followed Big Brother was a short-lived pop career, with Jimmy releasing three singles between 2012 and 2013.
Match made in heaven? The pair seem to have a lot in common with photos of Jimmy posted to his social media, which show him taking the stage with a microphone in hand.
Sources told MailOnline that the couple had been dating for a few weeks after being introduced to each other by a mutual friend.
The entrepreneur owns Whiteditch Lane Development LTD and, based on photos added to his Twitter account, turns out to be a father of a young daughter.
Denise is mother to 10-year-old Betsy who she shares with ex-partner Lee Mead and although she has appeared in many West End shows, Jimmy is also a singer.
Denise officially took to Instagram with Jimmy on Thursday morning, sharing photos of the two cuddling at the event and dining with friends.
Cheeky! In 2019, Jimmy quickly offered himself as a romantic prospect for Cheryl, 34, who tweeted, “Wanna be my Valentine?!” Jimmy is asked to quickly answer ‘Yes’.
Hi There: In December 2021, Sky Sports’ Jimmy Laura Woods quickly dubbed “Beautiful” with a kissing emoji after she shared a photo showing off one of her outfits