Denise Van Outen says ‘I don’t like to be taken advantage of’ following split from Eddie Boxshall

Denise Van Outen has given an insight into relationships coming to an end in a new interview following her split from Eddie Boxshall.

In a candid chat with Zoe Ball on Radio 2, the former Big Breakfast presenter spoke about her new autobiography A Bit of Me: From Basildon to Broadway, and Back.

Zoe asked Denise about ‘talking very candidly’ about relationships in the book as well as work situations. And mum-of-one Denise told her that it’s important, as a role model to her 11-year-old daughter di lei, to know when to walk away.

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“You’ve talked very candidly about your relationships and work situations,” said Zoe.

“Some of the things that happened to you through the job that you’ve done I think will really shock people and surprise people and it’s not always an easy ride in this industry.”

Denise and Eddie were together for seven years

Denise told her: “The one thing I’m really proud of myself for is I do know when to walk away and I don’t like to be taken advantage of.

“Sometimes it’s been to the detriment of my own career or in my own relationships, but I just feel like it’s really important as a woman to have self-worth and self-respect.”

She added: “Do you know what? The bad times are always followed by good times and that’s what I always look forward to.

“I think you just ride the wave of the bad times knowing that eventually you will get to a good place.”

Denise, who shot to fame in the nineties as the presenter of the Channel Four morning show The Big Breakfast and went on to become a West End and Broadway star, confirmed she had split from her partner of seven years in January.

She and city trader Eddie were regularly seen together on Channel 4’s Celebrity Gogglebox.

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“Over the past couple of months, there has been much speculation regarding my relationship with Eddie,” she wrote on her Instagram.

“It saddens me to confirm that we are no longer a couple. I had to make the difficult decision not to continue in our relationship. I will always treasure the good times we spent together, and the memories made.

“We ask that you please respect our privacy at this time, especially for our children.”

Denise shot to fame on The Big Breakfast

Denise shares Betsy with her ex husband fellow musical theater star Lee Mead, while Eddie has two grown-up children from a previous relationship.

Denise, 47, has starred in West End and Broadway musicals including the lead in Chicago and appeared as a judge on the talent contest Any Dream Will Do where she met Lee.

She has been the narrator of The Only Way Is Essex since its launch in 2010 and also starred in reality shows Strictly, Dancing On Ice and The Masked Singer.

The star competed in the 2021 series of Dancing On Ice with professional partner Matt Evers but had to pull out after partially dislocating her shoulder during training. The previous year she competed in The Masked Singer as a fox.

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