Denise Van Outen was one of many greatest names in showbiz in 2001.
Fresh from her massively profitable stint, alongside Johnny Vaughan, as a presenter on Channel four’s The Big Breakfast she was making ready to launch herself as an actress.
But as she began her massively standard run within the West End musical Chicago, Denise was coping with a devastating heartbreak.
For three years she had been in a relationship with Jamiroquai frontman, Jay Kay, and the couple had been planning their wedding ceremony.
Even although they hadn’t set a date, Jay gushed about his girlfriend insisting “she’s very special to me” in 1999.
He added: “We are getting married subsequent yr, however no date has been set. We’re going to do it when the time is true.
“No one else is like her in any respect. She’s bonkers and makes me chortle, I would not need anybody else.”
Although the cracks had been already beginning to seem with Jay saying their busy schedules usually stored them aside.
He defined: “If Denise and I get to spend 5 days collectively it is a bonus. We hardly get to see one another due to our schedules.
“We may go out once in a while and when we do we always get recognised. Some people notice Denise and haven’t got a clue who I am.”
But by 2001, their relationship was strained past restore and the couple cut up for good.
And as she threw herself into work, she started to discover a disturbing change in her physique.
Denise defined: “I’ve had instances once I’ve positively been too skinny. I believe across the time I did Chicago, I went down to a measurement 6 however I used to be dancing quite a bit.
“I used to be doing a variety of exhibits, I’d cut up up with my boyfriend, I had quite a bit happening in my life.”
She wasn’t the one one to discover her tiny, shrinking body, and admits trying again at footage of herself then is a shock.
Denise mentioned: “I positively take a look at footage at myself again then and assume, ‘I positively look too skinny.
“It doesn’t look very good. But on the time, you assume you look OK as a result of everybody tells you that you look implausible, which is a bit odd since you assume, ‘Hmm, perhaps I look nice, however I really feel horrible’.”
And the actress was not the one one to wrestle with the break-up of her relationship.
Jamiroquai additionally launched the album A Funk Odyssey in the identical yr, and it is rumoured lots of the lyrics are concerning the break-up of Jay Kay’s relationship with Denise.
Many consider the lyrics to the hit single, Little L, are concerning the breakdown of Jay’s relationship with the Loose Women star.
Lyrics included: “There you had been freaking out, making an attempt to get your head across the truth that me and also you and love is lifeless.
“We’re completed now cos you’ll be able to’t resolve what you actually need from me.
“Why does it have to be like this I can by no means inform. You make me love you, love you child with a bit L.”
However, on the time Denise insisted the previous couple had been nonetheless good mates and had solely damaged up due to the pressures of labor commitments.
She mentioned on the time: “Jay and I are nonetheless actually good mates and individuals are speculating a lot about why we broke up.
“The reason was work-related but we’re still both happy and still speaking to each other.”
Denise went on to marry Any Dream Will Do star, Lee Mead, and the couple are proud mother and father to daughter, Betsy.
They divorced in 2015 and Denise is now in a relationship with commodities dealer, Eddie Boxhall, who’s becoming a member of her on the Celebrity Gogglebox couch.
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