Justin Hawkins confirmed his new relationship with a mystery lady as they walked hand in hand in London on Thursday.
It comes just over a year after the 48-year-old singer revealed he was a happily married father of one, living in rural Switzerland with his wife Sarah and young daughter.
However, a spokesperson confirmed to MailOnline that Justin and Sarah divorced some time ago.
The I Believe In A Thing Called Love hitmaker wore a checked shirt and jeans, packing his essentials into a Celine backpack.
He kept a low profile by wearing a black cap and sunglasses, and let his iocnic shoulder-length locks flow freely.
He believes in something called love (again): The Darkness’ Justin Hawkins confirmed his new relationship as he walked hand-in-hand with a mystery lady in London on Thursday – as it was revealed he quietly split from his wife ‘a while ago’ Sarah
Married: It comes just over a year after the singer, 48, revealed he was a ‘happily married’ father of one, living with his wife Sarah in rural Switzerland (pictured together in 2010)
Meanwhile, his companion cut a chic figure in an oversized white blouse and black trousers as he puffed on a cigarette.
The couple seemed completely at ease in each other’s company as they chatted before stopping at a coffee shop.
MailOnline has contacted Justin’s representatives for comment.
He told MailOnline in June 2022 that he was a happy vegan, married, father of one child and living a quiet life in rural Switzerland – when discussing whether he wanted to swap his drug-fueled rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle for a quiet life.
Justin and Sarah, a nine-year-old daughter, whose name has not been publicly released.
Speaking to MailOnline about his wife and life in Switzerland, he said: ‘They are the reason I live there (because that’s where his family live).
‘I live in a fairly rural part, so the only time I have contact with English-speaking people is when I see my daughter.
‘So those times are very important to me. I always block her birthday in the calendar.’
Changing times: However, Justin appeared to have moved on as he was spotted with the gorgeous brunette as they enjoyed a sunny stroll
Relaxed: The I Believe In A Thing Called Love hitmaker wore a checked shirt and jeans and packed his essentials into a Celine backpack
Easy: He kept a low profile by wearing a black cap and sunglasses, and let his iocnic shoulder-length locks flow freely
Stylish: Meanwhile, his companion cut a chic figure in an oversized white blouse and black trousers as he puffed on a cigarette
He told it too Subway in 2019: ‘I have a wife and a child (in Switzerland) and it is important to spend time in the same country as your family.’
Justin said he was thrilled when he was eliminated from The Masked Singer – in which he appeared as The Chameleon in 2020, just two weeks into the series – because otherwise he would have missed his daughter’s birthday, as he was in the series should have stayed. Great Britain for filming.
He said, “She thinks I’m cool for now. I still have a year or so before that wears off, I think.
‘I’m looking forward to the hormones kicking in. I really enjoy the moments when she is rebellious.
Holding hands: The couple looked completely at ease in each other’s company as they chatted before stopping at a coffee shop
History: He told MailOnline in June 2022 that he was a happy vegan, married, father of one child and living a quiet life in rural Switzerland – when he spoke about trading in his drug-fuelled rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle for a peaceful life
Family: Speaking about his wife and quiet life in Switzerland to MailOnline, he said: ‘They are the reason I live there (because that’s where his family live)
‘It’s hard for fathers, especially absent fathers (because he’s often on tour). I don’t think I’ll bear the full brunt of the uprising that’s happening. If anything, I encouraged it.”
Justin was also previously engaged to Sue Whitehouse, the former manager of The Darkness.
The two split in 2003 after Hawkins claimed his drug use led him to sleep with numerous other women.
Justin is known to have spent £150,000 of his estimated £6 million fortune on cocaine, and led a life of excess, which saw him quit his band in 2006 and go into recovery – before reuniting last year.
The Darkness called it quits in 2006 after their rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle took its toll. However, in 2015 they decided to give another shot at fame and released a fourth album.
Old school: Later he rolled a cigarette while they made the most of the sunny weather
Cute: The pair made quite the couple as they strolled around the city
Covered: Justin showed off his impressive tattoo collection on his arms and hands
Habits: You saw him rolling a cigarette as they walked
Chin wag: The duo chatted intently as they strolled down the street
He told the Daily Mail at the time: ‘I had to make a lot of difficult decisions when I left the band, but leaving my brother was the hardest.
‘But after a while the awkwardness between us disappeared. We started writing songs together and that laid the foundation for this return…
‘There are bands that have a little bit of success before they slowly decline. Then there are those who ride the roller coaster, where your mood constantly fluctuates between jubilation and despair. I prefer the roller coaster.’
In 2011, the band reunited and toured around the world.
In January 2020, The Darkness released a new video for In Another Life, featuring model Abbey Clancy.
Most recently, Justin performed for the Taylor Hawkins tribute concert, joining Eurovision 2022 runner-up Sam Ryder after this year’s competition was broadcast for a BBC special in which he sang I Believe In A Thing Called Love.
Star: The Darkness called it quits in 2006 after their rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle took its toll. However, in 2015 they decided to give another shot at fame and released a fourth album (Justin pictured in 2017)