Denise Van Outen has posed for an exclusive photoshoot with ! magazine to mark her 40th birthday – and revealed that she is ready to start dating again.
The television and radio presenter split from husband Lee Mead last year. But, she tells ! in an exclusive interview to accompany the pictures, she is now ready to start looking to the future.
“My 40th is all about dating again,” she said. “I”ve had a few offers and I”ve had all my friends trying to set me up but it”s only now that I feel ready. I”m excited and looking forward to having a bit of fun.” And she adds that relations between her and West End star Lee – with whom she has daughter Betsy – are very good. “People keep asking me if 40 signifies a new beginning or a fresh start but I don”t feel like I”ve had a terrible time,” she says.
“I”m one of the few people who has gone through a break-up and it”s remained amicable. We”ve got a good balance. We split the childcare and everything is genuinely good between us.”
Denise also tells the magazine that she is open-minded about what sort of man she will date. “Laughter for me is the key thing – I”m quite mischievous so I need to find the male naughty version of me,” she reveals. “I don’t mind whether they are older, younger or have children but I want someone who is willing to take it slowly. I”ve decided that I won”t introduce a man to my daughter for at least six months or until I know the relationship is solid, because I have to protect her. It”s the same for Lee. There is no real need to introduce someone into her life until it feels right.”
Read the full interview in ! Magazine, out now.
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