Danielle Mason has revealed that she found The One in reformed prisoner Ben Hatchett.
The former girl – Jessie Wallace’s younger sister – spoke about her newfound romance in an exclusive interview with MailOnline, where she gushed about their ‘strong bond’.
Although the pair have only been official for a month, things have moved quickly between them as Danielle admires how Ben changed his life.
Fun New Couple: Danielle Mason Revealed She Found The One in Reformed Inmate Ben Hatchett and Gushed About Their ‘Strong Bond’
Danielle, 37, first met 31-year-old Ben when she appeared as a guest on his podcast, Let’s Be Real, and things escalated from there.
After messaging back and forth, the couple enjoyed a first date at his old home, Broadmoor High-Security Hospital, which houses some of the UK’s most dangerous criminals.
“We went to Broadmoor on our first date!” she laughed. “He was there for a documentary he is doing and I live nearby so he used it as an excuse for me to come along!”
Meant to be: Although the couple have only been official for a month, things have moved quickly between them as Danielle admires how Ben changed his life.
Danielle explained why she fell for him and mused, “He’s passionate about crime fighting. He wants to make a positive difference in the world and is very passionate about inspiring the younger generation.
‘We have a very strong bond, he is caring and protective towards me. It is absolutely love. ‘
Ben was found guilty of ABH as a teenager after a series of knife crimes. He served time in a young offender institution and a prison before being transferred to Broadmoor Hospital after an escape attempt at the age of 21.
Smitten: Danielle, 37, first met 31-year-old Ben when she appeared as a guest on his podcast, Let’s Be Real, and things escalated from there
The History of Broadmoor Hospital
Founded in 1863, Broadmoor is the oldest of three maximum security psychiatric hospitals in England.
The average hospital stay is five-and-a-half years, but this is skewed by a few men who have stayed for more than 30 years.
Patients are admitted from prison, the court or a medium security hospital.
However, some have not committed a crime but are considered high risk to society and should be housed in a safe environment.
Patients are referred back to the criminal justice system or a less secure environment when they no longer require high-security care.
While spending his time working in the canteen, he was tasked with serving some of Britain’s most infamous inmates their meals, including Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe, Ian Brady and Kenneth Erskine, the Stockwell Strangler.
Ben previously told the Daily Star Sunday, ‘I was in with all the serial killers and notorious people. I’ve had a bit of a fight with dangerous people. ‘
Shortly after arriving he was was attacked by Matthew Quesada who murdered a man in a cafe who had asked if his crying daughter was okay.
Ben claimed: ‘He poured hot water on me and repeatedly stabbed me in the back. That was my first experience with something like this. ‘
After being released from Broadmoor last year, Ben is now using his platform to help others, having written a book, The Law Of Attraction, released a podcast and sold the rights to his life story to a movie company.
He has told stories of his time indoors to Danielle, who told The Sun that she was interested in his experiences.
She added: ‘I think everyone deserves a second chance at life and I take everyone upside down. He could possibly be The One. ‘
Danielle – who has kids, Rudy, nine, and Delilah, seven – has even talked about moving in with him, where he lives in East Sussex.
Family ties: The former girl is Jessie Wallace’s younger sister and while Ben hasn’t met her family, she insisted, ‘As long as he’s good to me, they’ll like him’
She said, “I’ve always wanted to raise the children on the coast. He hasn’t met them yet, because it’s still very early. ‘
Ben hasn’t met the rest of Danielle’s family either – including her soap star sister – but she insisted, “As long as he’s good to me, they’ll like him.”
The Gypsies Next Door star is communicating with her kids cage fighter Tony Giles, from whom she divorced in 2019.
The former couple tied the knot in 2012 after getting engaged in Thorpe Park, but broke up in 2016 and later reunited.
Former flame: The Gypsies Next Door star shares her children Rudy, nine, and Delilah, seven, with cage fighter Tony Giles, from whom she divorced in 2019 (photo in 2012)
Danielle confessed to stdifficult to fit in with the Gypsy community she married as she was expected to limit her career options and take care of housework and cooking as a traditional traveling woman.
After a few traumatic experiences, including Tony being shot in a suspected war between rival Gypsy gangs, Danielle asked him if they could leave their caravan site and live in a house.
However, the couple decided to split for good after the differences in their cultures became too great for Danielle to deal with.
Not for her: Danielle confessed to making an effort to adjust to the Gypsy community she married, as she was expected to limit her career options and take care of the household