EXC: Denise Van Outen's new beau Jimmy Barba's many brushes with fame

EKSKLUSIEF: Who is Denise Van Outen’s new man? A racy stint on Big Brother Italy, failed pop career and a flirty exchange with CherylJimmy Barba’s many brushes with fame before finding love with the star

  • Denise, 48, and Jimmy, 55, went public with their romance this week at the Grand Prix Ball
  • The couple are said to have been ‘on a few datesafter being introduced by All Saints star Shaznay Lewis
  • Prior to dating Denise the property developer had a celebrity career of his own in Italy
  • Jimmy appeared on Italian Big Brother in 2010 before going on to release three pop singles
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  • Denise Van Outen‘s new boyfriend Jimmy Barba was once an Italian reality star who sent flirty messages to the likes of Cheryl and Laura Woods, MailOnline kan onthul.

    Die sanger, 48, went public with her new man Jimmy, 55, this week when they attended the Grand Prix Ballfive months after she split from her cheating ex Eddie Boxshall.

    Denise has enjoyed a long life in the spotlight, starring on various shows and demonstrating her vocal talents on the West End, and it’s now been revealed that her new partner has forged a similar career path.

    Brushes with fame: Denise Van Outen's new boyfriend Jimmy Barba was once an Italian reality star who sent flirty messages to the likes of Cheryl and Laura Woods, MailOnline kan onthul

    As seen on screen: Jimmy is pictured on Big Brother Italy

    Brushes with 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 the likes of Cheryl and Laura Woods, MailOnline kan onthul

    Terug in 2010, Jimmy became a household name in Italy after starring in the eleventh series of Big Brother (Grande Fratello) where he finished in fourth place.

    While he may not have won the series and bagged the €300,000 grand prize, he kept audiences entertained during his stint by striking up romances with two of his fellow housemates, Rosa Baiano and Margherita Zanatta.

    What followed was a short-lived pop career, with Jimmy releasing three singles between 2012 en 2013 – although they failed to light up the charts.

    Meer onlangs, Jimmy – who described his career as being a dancer and farmer when he appeared on Grande Fratellohas shunned the world of showbiz to become a property developer.

    Oulike paartjie: Die sanger, 48, went public with her new man Jimmy, 55, this week when they attended the Grand Prix Ball - five months after she split from her cheating ex Eddie Boxshall

    Oulike paartjie: Die sanger, 48, went public with her new man Jimmy, 55, this week when they attended the Grand Prix Ballfive months after she split from her cheating ex Eddie Boxshall

    Egter, the British-Italian star did reveal that he still has an interest in celebrity culture when he struck up a conversation with the likes of singer Cheryl and Sky SportsLaura Woods.

    In 2019, Jimmy was quick to offer himself up as a romantic prospect for Cheryl, 34, wat getwiet het: ‘Wanna be my Valentine?!’ prompting Jimmy to quickly respond ‘Yep.

    In Desember 2021 Jimmy was quick to call Laura ‘Beautifulwith a kissing emoji after she shared a snap showing off one of her outfits.

    Jimmy is said to have been dating Denise for a few weeks after being introduced through All Saints star Shaznay Lewis, with an insider telling MailOnline they have been ‘on a few dates.

    ‘It’s early days but everything is going really well and Denise is happy,’ the source revealed.

    Stropend af: Terug in 2010, Jimmy became a household name in Italy after starring in the eleventh series of Big Brother

    Stropend af: Terug in 2010, Jimmy became a household name in Italy after starring in the eleventh series of Big Brother

    Singing sensation: What followed from Big Brother was a short-lived pop career, with Jimmy releasing three singles between 2012 en 2013

    Ag skat: His songs failed to light up the charts

    Singing sensation: What followed from Big Brother was a short-lived pop career, with Jimmy releasing three singles between 2012 en 2013

    Match made in heaven? The couple appear to have much in common with photos of Jimmy posted to his social media grid showing him taking to the stage with a microphone in hand

    Match made in heaven? The couple appear to have much in common with photos of Jimmy posted to his social media grid showing him taking to the stage with a microphone in hand

    Sources told MailOnline the couple have been dating for a few weeks after being introduced by a mutual friend.

    The entrepreneur owns Whiteditch Lane Development LTD and based on photos added to his Twitter account appears to be a father to a young daughter.

    Denise is mother to 10-year-old Betsy whom she shares with ex partner Lee Mead and while she has performed in many West End shows Jimmy too is a singer.

    Denise went Instagram official with Jimmy on Thursday morning, sharing photos of the two cuddled up at the event and dining with friends.

    Cheeky! In 2019, Jimmy was quick to offer himself up as a romantic prospect for Cheryl, 34, wat getwiet het: 'Wanna be my Valentine?!' prompting Jimmy to quickly respond 'Yep.'

    Cheeky! In 2019, Jimmy was quick to offer himself up as a romantic prospect for Cheryl, 34, wat getwiet het: ‘Wanna be my Valentine?!’ prompting Jimmy to quickly respond ‘Yep.

    hallo daar: In Desember 2021 Jimmy was quick to call Sky Sports' Laura Woods 'Beautiful' with a kissing emoji after she shared a snap showing off one of her outfits

    hallo daar: In Desember 2021 Jimmy was quick to call Sky SportsLaura Woods ‘Beautifulwith a kissing emoji after she shared a snap showing off one of her outfits

    The couple appear to have much in common with photos posted to his social media grid showing him taking to the stage with a microphone in hand.

    It’s Denise’s first relationship since she revealed she had split from partner of seven years Eddie in a New Year’s Instagram post, after initially discovering his infidelities in November 2021.

    She caught Eddie flirting sexually with three women and has described his behaviour as ‘disrespectful and devastatingly hurtful’.

    Denise claimed that she found pictures and Instagram messages on Eddie’s iPad, detailing the ordeal in her autobiography, A Bit Of Me: From Basildon To Broadway And Back.

    Denise wrote: ‘There were also Instagram messages alluding to phone sex with a third woman. I quickly found the woman’s profile by her screen name, only to discover I’d previously blocked her on my Instagram accountwhich struck me as odd.

    Sy gaan voort: ‘This was a woman I didn’t know, who’d clearly had an online connection with my boyfriend. Why would I have blocked her from my Instagram account. Dadelik, I unblocked her and sent her a message saying how she knew Eddie.

    Sy het bygevoeg: ‘She suggested that Eddie had probably gone into my phone and blocked her so she couldn’t message me.

    ‘She has apparently spoken to Eddie over FaceTime and text for a long periodoften from our home and sometimes from my flat in Hampstead, which she seemed to think was his.

    ‘They’d never met in person, but she said the conversations had become sexual in nature reasonably quicklysome of the stuff I found on the phone seemed to support that.

    ‘However she was upset with Eddie because he’d apparently ghosted her.

    Verdeel: Denise announced she had split from Eddie Boxshall in January after discovering he had cheated on her during their seven year relationship (foto Februarie 2020)

    Verdeel: Denise announced she had split from Eddie Boxshall in January after discovering he had cheated on her during their seven year relationship (foto Februarie 2020)

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