Ulrika Jonsson posts a loving message to James Crossley, Gladiators’ former boyfriend

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‘He can be cute’: Ulrika Jonsson posts flirtatious message to former Gladiators boyfriend Hunter as he’s eliminated from The Circle … 25 years after their ‘physical’ romance

Ulrika Jonsson sent a flirtatious message to ex-boyfriend James Crossley on Wednesday evening when she saw him participate in reality show The Circle.

The Swedish presenter, 53, enjoyed a brief, ‘physical’ romance with bodybuilder Crossley, who is six years younger, while they both worked on the hugely popular Saturday night show Gladiators in 1996.

Crossley – best known to fans as the muscular Hunter – is now taking part in Channel 4’s innovative new reality show and Ulrika made sure to tune in to watch his latest exploits.

Ulrika Jonsson sent a flirtatious message to former boyfriend James Crossley, AKA Gladiators star Hunter on Wednesday night, as she watched him participate in reality show The Circle

Ulrika Jonsson sent a flirtatious message to former boyfriend James Crossley, AKA Gladiators star Hunter on Wednesday night, as she watched him participate in reality show The Circle

Get Involved: Crossley takes part in Channel 4's innovative new reality show and Ulrika made sure to tune in to watch his latest exploits on Wednesday nights

Get Involved: Crossley takes part in Channel 4's innovative new reality show and Ulrika made sure to tune in to watch his latest exploits on Wednesday nights

Get Involved: Crossley takes part in Channel 4’s innovative new reality show and Ulrika made sure to tune in to watch his latest exploits on Wednesday nights

On Instagram, the three-time-married mother of four shared a screenshot of her ex-boyfriend in action alongside a loving message.

With the caption – a close-up of Crossley’s face – she wrote, “It’s too late for me to look at, but he can be cute.”

The presenter later shared a second image of the fitness idiot, who was eliminated on Wednesday’s show – in which contestants assume false identities and communicate through a social media app – after posing as fictional NHS nurse Gemma.

Here it is: The presenter later shared images of the fitness freak, who was knocked out on Wednesday night's show, with Instagram followers.

Here it is: The presenter later shared images of the fitness freak, who was knocked out on Wednesday night's show, with Instagram followers.

Here it is: The presenter later shared images of the fitness freak, who was knocked out on Wednesday night’s show, with Instagram followers.

Ulrika enjoyed a brief affair with Crossley after her divorce from her first husband, cinematographer John Turnbull, after five years of marriage.

The pair met while hosting Gladiators alongside former Wimbledon footballer John Fashanu, with Crossley’s alter-ego Hunter being one of the athletes competing against members of the public in physical challenges.

The relationship was denied at the time, but Ulrika eventually discussed their connection in her 2003 autobiography, Honest.

True Grit: Crossley (left) played Hunter on ITV show Gladiators, which was hosted by Ulrika

True Grit: Crossley (left) played Hunter on ITV show Gladiators, which was hosted by Ulrika

True Grit: Crossley (left) played Hunter on ITV show Gladiators, which was hosted by Ulrika

Ulrika’s Lost Loves: Through the Ages

1990 – John Turnbull

Ulrika’s first marriage was to cinematographer John, but things ended in tears after five years when she cheated on him. She blamed her actions on her age, as she said earlier, “I was so young. I didn’t know myself. I did some not very nice things. I was unfaithful, which is more than no fun ‘.

1996 – Hunter

Shortly after her divorce, Ulrika sought solace in the arms of Gladiators star James Crossley, after meeting while she was acting as the show’s presenter. After their romance, she said, “Well, I think I was in love with James. It was a physical thing. And what a nice man he turned out to be ‘- as she referred to selling stories of their romance to the newspapers.

1998 – Stan Collymore

Ulrika dated former footballer Stan for a year, but their relationship was marred by controversy when she fell victim to domestic violence.

2000 – Markus Kempen

German hotel owner Markus Kempen was her next love and the father of her daughter Bo, now 18. Just days after Bo was born in November 2000, the businessman told his girlfriend that he was leaving the UK to look for work abroad – Ulrika did not have their child by then even brought home from the hospital.

2002 – Lance Gerrard-Wright

Husband number two Lance is said to be the award for the female contestants on Mr Right, a 2002 TV dating show she hosted. They married in 2003. She had their daughter Martha in 2004 and they split in 2005.

2002 – Sven-Göran Eriksson

Ulrika and the football manager stunned the sports and showbiz world when she confirmed widely publicized reports of an affair between the duo while he was dating Nancy Dell’Olio. As a result of the affair, she received a column in The News Of The World in 2003 in which she regularly commented on his private life. She was impeached in 2007 after he left as England manager.

2007 – Brian Monet

Ulrika and Brian tied the knot in 2008 and share one son, Malcolm, 10. They began their relationship in 2006. In 2014, Brian also adopted her daughter Bo, now 18, from the presenter’s relationship with German hotel owner Markus.

Candid: Ulrika discussed her relationship with Crossley in the 2003 autobiography Honest (the former couple is pictured together in 1996)

Candid: Ulrika discussed her relationship with Crossley in the 2003 autobiography Honest (the former couple is pictured together in 1996)

Candid: Ulrika discussed her relationship with Crossley in the 2003 autobiography Honest (the former couple is pictured together in 1996)

She said, “Well, I think I was in love with James. It was a physical thing. And what a nice man he has become! ‘

Ulrika confirmed her divorce from her third husband, Brian Monet, after 11 years of marriage in 2019.

The presenter shares Malcolm’s son with Brian. The couple started their relationship in 2006, got married in 2008, and Brian adopted Ulrika’s daughter Bo in 2014. Bo’s biological father is the German hotel owner Markus Kempen.

Ulrika also has two other children, son Cameron from her marriage to Turnbull, and daughter Martha from her second marriage to Lance Gerrard-Wright.

'Bikini girl': Ulrika treated fans to a revealing photo on Thursday morning as she undressed down to her bikini for a sultry mirror selfie

'Bikini girl': Ulrika treated fans to a revealing photo on Thursday morning as she undressed down to her bikini for a sultry mirror selfie

‘Bikini girl’: Ulrika treated fans to a revealing photo on Thursday morning as she undressed down to her bikini for a sultry mirror selfie

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