Who is Denise Van Outen's ex-boyfriend Jimmy Barba? | The Sun

DENISE Van Outen's love life has often been a hot topic of conversation.

After going public in 2022 with her romance with property developer Jimmy Barba, things have gone sour and the pair have split up.

Who is Jimmy Barba?

Denise Van Outen and Italian reality star and property developer Jimmy started dating in June 2022, just a few months after she split from her cheating ex Eddie Boxshall.

The pair were first spotted out together at the Hurlingham Club in Fulham.

The couple got together after All Saints singer Shaznay Lewis introduced them.

Sadly, it wasn't meant to be and the pair have now gone their separate ways.

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Denise told The Sun: “We have decided to part ways but we remain great friends and our families and children are still in touch.”

An insider then added: “It was a really tough decision to make but Denise knew it was best to end things with Jimmy as the romance ran it’s course.

“She’s had a rough few weeks and has thrown herself into work to get over it.

“She was so happy after all the drama and upset caused by Eddie and really trusted Jimmy.

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“Everyone loved and knew him, which made the decision even harder. She feels like she is back to square one now, but she had to follow her gut.”

What is Jimmy Barba known for?

The property developer has areality TV past – as well as appearing in his own music video.

Back in 2010, Jimmy was a household name in Italy when he starred in the eleventh series of Big Brother (Grande Fratello).

He finished in fourth place on the show – keeping audiences entertained by striking up TWO romances on the show.

Jimmy got close with his co-stars Rosa Baiano and Margherita Zanatta, but the flings didn't last on the outside world.

Instead, Jimmy began a short-lived music career, releasing three pop singles between 2012 and 2013 – which didn't make the charts.

He then turned his back on showbiz to become a property developer, but has been linked to other British female celebs.

In 2019, he joked with singer Cheryl on Twitter that he would "be her Valentine" after the Fight For This Love star reached out to him.

"Wanna be my Valentine?!" she wrote to Jimmy in a tweet, to which he simply replied: "Yep

He then gushed over Sky Sports star Laura Woods as "beautiful" – alongside a kissing emoji – after she posted a selfie.

Who has Denise Van Outen dated?

Denise was with commodities trader Eddie Boxshall from 2014 to 2022, but they split when he admitted messaging other women.

Before Eddie, Denise was married to actor and singer Lee Mead.

They met when she was a judge on BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do in 2007.

The couple announced their engagement in January 2009, and married in the Seychelles in April 2009.

Their daughter Betsy was born on May 1, 2010.

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However, Lee and Denise went their separate ways in July 2013.

In the 90s Denise dated Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay.

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