Denise Van Outen fears for daughter Betsy, 12, after split with her ex fiancée Eddie Boxshall


‘I’m meant to guide her through life!’ Denise Van Outen admits her fears over daughter Betsy, 12, not going into relationships ‘with an open heart’… after her split from Eddie Boxshall

Denise Van Outen has admitted she worries her daughter Betsy may not going into relationships ‘with an open heart’… after splitting with her ex fiancée Eddie Boxshall.

The actress, 48, left her partner of seven years Eddie, 49, on January 7, after he was reportedly caught having phone sex with other women. 

She’s now admitted her fears over its impact upon her child, 12, who she shares with her ex husband Lee Mead, who she was married to between 2009 and 2013.

Worry: Denise Van Outen has admitted she worries her daughter Betsy may not going into relationships 'with an open heart'... after splitting with her ex fiancée Eddie Boxshall

Worry: Denise Van Outen has admitted she worries her daughter Betsy may not going into relationships ‘with an open heart’… after splitting with her ex fiancée Eddie Boxshall

Speaking on Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast, the TV personality said: ‘Kids have phones now, and they’re in school where they are going to read things and hear things, so I did have to be completely honest with her.

‘And actually I’d want to be honest with her. I think it’s important with your kids to have that honesty.

‘There are still things I probably haven’t told her or I’ve held back. There have been moments where I’ve been really upset and you don’t want your child to see you upset, because it’s a horrible thing.

Old times: The actress, 48, left her partner of seven years Eddie, 49, on January 7, after he was reportedly caught having phone sex with other women

Old times: The actress, 48, left her partner of seven years Eddie, 49, on January 7, after he was reportedly caught having phone sex with other women

‘But at the same time, she kind of does need to know as well. I can’t just brush everything under the carpet.’

‘As a parent, my responsibility is to guide her through life and I worry she’s going to think that things go wrong.

‘That she’s going to go into relationships when she’s older perhaps not with an open heart, and that’s what I don’t want to happen. That’s where it’s tricky.’

Denise split from Eddie in a bitter breakup, after finding messages he sent to other women during the relationship.

Protective: She's now admitted her fears over its impact upon her child, 12, who she shares with her ex husband Lee Mead, who she was married to between 2009 and 2013

Protective: She’s now admitted her fears over its impact upon her child, 12, who she shares with her ex husband Lee Mead, who she was married to between 2009 and 2013 

And while the TV personality is ‘really enjoying’ therapy, she admitted that the heartache she has faced is like ‘grief’. 

She said: ‘Heartache is horrible. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, what you’ve got, it hurts just as deep.

‘Those nights of just sitting there on my patio, three, four o’clock in the morning, feeling drained and empty and thinking, “I don’t know how I’m going to get through the next week”, because you just feel so broken, it’s horrible. 

‘It hurts. Like, I couldn’t breathe. I felt like someone was sitting on my chest.’

Ex: Denise split from Eddie in a bitter breakup, after finding messages he sent to other women during the relationship (pictured in 2019)

Ex: Denise split from Eddie in a bitter breakup, after finding messages he sent to other women during the relationship (pictured in 2019) 

She also shared that it’s still a work in progress: ‘I wouldn’t say I’m fully healed, but I am getting there’.

Denise has previously said that sharing the news with her daughter was the ‘worst part’ about the break-up.

But luckily, the star describes actor Lee as a ‘really good guy’, noting that that foundation for her daughter was key.

‘It’s still horrible, it’s still heartbreaking… to have to talk to your child about it, but at the same time she has got an amazing father,’ she explained. 

Following the split, Eddie admitted to sending up to 20 sext messages behind Denise’s back to other women – following her discovery of the messages on his Ipad.

The star confronted Eddie over the messages in November, before kicking him out of her home he shared.

Grieving: Admitting the scandal left her feeling 'so broken', she described the breakup as an experience of 'grief' (pictured in 2019)

Grieving: Admitting the scandal left her feeling ‘so broken’, she described the breakup as an experience of ‘grief’ (pictured in 2019)

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