Denise Van Outen gushes over her pal Duncan James ahead of Celebrity Gogglebox


‘The big thing is we trust each other’: Denise Van Outen gushes about her close pal Duncan James ahead of their Celebrity Gogglebox debut – after her split from ‘cheating’ ex Eddie Boxshall

Denise Van Outen has spoken out about her deep respect and trust for her best friend Duncan James ahead of the pair’s debut on Celebrity Gogglebox.

Denise, 48, will be appearing alongside the Blue singer, 44, on the Channel 4 show when the new series starts on Friday after she split from her ex Eddie Boxshall. 

The television presenter told The Sun: ‘The big thing is we trust each other. I trust him and we respect each other as friends.

Good pals: Denise Van Outen, 48, has spoken out about her deep respect and trust for her best friend Duncan James ahead of the pair's debut on Celebrity Gogglebox

Good pals: Denise Van Outen, 48, has spoken out about her deep respect and trust for her best friend Duncan James ahead of the pair’s debut on Celebrity Gogglebox

‘For me, it’s those moments when things are not going so well in your life and there’s someone who reaches out to you to make sure you’re OK.

‘Dunc’s always the first, he’s got the biggest heart. He’s always the person to reach out and go, ”Are you all right? Can I do anything to help?”

Denise went on to say she’d had a difficult start to the year after her troubles with Eddie but Duncan ‘came over with his big hugs’.

New co-star: Actress Denise will be appearing alongside the Blue singer, 44, on the Channel 4 show when the new series starts on Friday

New co-star: Actress Denise will be appearing alongside the Blue singer, 44, on the Channel 4 show when the new series starts on Friday

She added that he’s been a great support in recent months and jokingly added it helps ‘he’s Dunc the hunk’. 

Duncan added that he has been fortunate enough to meet numerous celebrities over the year but admits his genuine friends in show business are few and far between.

He insists Denise is a great pal and says they both know, above anything, they can trust each other. 

Duncan confirmed he would be joining Denise on the Celebrity Gogglebox sofa last week.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, alongside fellow Blue singer Simon Webbe, Duncan revealed that filming would begin early this week.

The duo were on the show to speak about their upcoming tour when hosts Adil Ray and Charlotte Hawkins asked about the series and Duncan shared his pet name for the former Big Breakfast host. 

Shock: Denise split from her ex Eddie, 49, in January this year after seven years together amid claims he’d had phone sex with other women (Denise and Eddie seen on show)

‘Me and Denis Van Outen the DVO – we are doing Gogglebox together, I can’t wait.’

Adding: ‘We actually start filming next week so yeah it’s really exciting.’ 

It was rumoured Denise’s friend, former Girls Aloud star Kimblerley Walsh, 40, was set to replaced but it is said Gogglebox bosses preferred a male and female pairing.

Duncan has known the blonde beauty since the early noughties and it’s believed that he has helped her through her recent break-up.

Pals: Denise and Duncan have known each other since the early noughties and it's believed that Duncan has helped Denise through her recent break-up (pictured together in 2003)

Pals: Denise and Duncan have known each other since the early noughties and it’s believed that Duncan has helped Denise through her recent break-up (pictured together in 2003)

With similar senses of ‘outrageous’ humour, producers are hoping that they are a hit with viewers. 

Denise’s ex Eddie recently claimed that she  ‘screamed obscenities’ at him and threw him out their house as he admitted to swapping sext messages.

The commodities trader said he sent up to 20 sext messages to other women behind his partner’s back as he addressed their split after seven years together.

He said the television star  ‘screamed’ at him and kicked him out in November after confronting him over the sext messages and photographs she found on his iPad.

Eddie said he had sent messages to a woman he met online on one night after having a few drinks but denied cheating on Denise on any other occasion.

He said he feels ashamed and ‘deeply regrets’ sending the messages and said he has contacted his presenter ex-girlfriend many times to apologise.

Admission: Commodities trader Eddie said he sent up to 20 sext messages behind Denise's back as he addressed his and Denise's split after seven years together (pictured together in 2021)

Admission: Commodities trader Eddie said he sent up to 20 sext messages behind Denise’s back as he addressed his and Denise’s split after seven years together (pictured together in 2021)

Eddie admitted he had broken Denise’s trust and said he had hoped their relationship would be able to survive his mistake, but added he respects her decision.

Eddie said he has been struggling over the last six months and turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism, but said he has begun to feel more positive in recent weeks.

Addressing the pictures on his iPad, Eddie said Denise found a photograph of a woman’s cleavage, a picture of him posing with an ex-girlfriend, whose contact picture was a raunchy snap, and saw his screensaver had been a selfie of them.

'I knew my actions had broken us': Eddie said he feels ashamed and 'deeply regrets' sending the messages and said he has contacted his presenter ex-girlfriend many times to apologise

‘I knew my actions had broken us’: Eddie said he feels ashamed and ‘deeply regrets’ sending the messages and said he has contacted his presenter ex-girlfriend many times to apologise

But Eddie firmly denied cheating on Denise with either women and said the picture of him and his ex-girlfriend was taken when he randomly bumped into her with a group of friends

First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Siriex, 50, has also signed up for the new series and will be joined on the sofa by his rarely seen fiancée, who he affectionately calls Fruitcake.

Fruitcake took to social media to share her excitement at the news after recently claiming she was a ‘natural on screen’, with the Frenchman saying he could not wait for the public to meet his other half. 

All stars: First Dates' maître d' Fred Siriex, 50, has also signed up for the new series and will be joined on the sofa by his rarely seen fiancée, who he affectionately calls Fruitcake

All stars: First Dates’ maître d’ Fred Siriex, 50, has also signed up for the new series and will be joined on the sofa by his rarely seen fiancée, who he affectionately calls Fruitcake

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