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EXC: Denise Van Outen has been won over by ‘funny and charismatic’ Jimmy Barba

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She recently moved on from her ex Eddie Boxshall after dumping him eight months ago.

And Denise Van Outen‘s new man Jimmy Barba makes her laugh like no other guy she’s ever met, pals say.

Sources have told MailOnline that the Property Developer, 55, – who previously had a career as a stand-up comic – has arrived at the ‘perfect moment’ for TV presenter Denise, 48.

Loved-up: Denise Van Outen's new man Jimmy Barba makes her laugh like no other guy she's ever met, pals say

Loved-up: Denise Van Outen's new man Jimmy Barba makes her laugh like no other guy she's ever met, pals say

Loved-up: Denise Van Outen’s new man Jimmy Barba makes her laugh like no other guy she’s ever met, pals say

The insider said: ‘Denise has had a really difficult few months since the split with Eddie. She wanted to give herself time to trust again and that was a tough process to go through after everything that went on when things broke down with Eddie.

‘But then she met Jimmy and it just felt right. He makes her laugh out loud, he’s a very funny, charismatic and outgoing guy and is able to make Denise laugh like she never has before. 

‘He cracks her up and they are very happy together. It’s obviously very early days but it’s very clear that Jimmy is keen on Denise.’

Jimmy has already created a ‘highlights’ page on his Instagram account dedicated to Denise and friends say he’s not phased or bothered by the attention that will come their way.

Perfect: Sources have told MailOnline that the Property Developer, 55, - who previously had a career as a stand-up comic - has arrived at the 'perfect moment' for TV presenter Denise, 48

Perfect: Sources have told MailOnline that the Property Developer, 55, - who previously had a career as a stand-up comic - has arrived at the 'perfect moment' for TV presenter Denise, 48

Perfect: Sources have told MailOnline that the Property Developer, 55, – who previously had a career as a stand-up comic – has arrived at the ‘perfect moment’ for TV presenter Denise, 48

As seen on screen: Jimmy is pictured on Big Brother Italy

As seen on screen: Jimmy is pictured on Big Brother Italy

As seen on screen: Back in 2010, Jimmy became a household name in Italy after starring in the eleventh series of Big Brother (Grande Fratello) where he finished in fourth place

‘Jimmy has been in and around showbiz for long enough so is a good match for Denise,’ a pal added. 

‘He was in Big Brother in Italy many years ago and almost won the show. When he came out of the house he went on tour of Italy doing nightclub openings and personal appearances. He’s well used to the red carpet life that Denise exists in. Jimmy loves being out and having fun.’

Mail Online understands the pair are planning to make the next step by planning a holiday together.

‘They’d like to go away before the end of the year,’ the source added. ‘It’s just a case of trying to find the time because Denise is really busy and Jimmy has a business which he is very hands on with. But spending some time away, just the two of them, could take things to the next level.’

Instagram official! Denise shared a sweet selfie with her new beau as they cuddled up for the camera at the event, tagging his name with a love heart

Instagram official! Denise shared a sweet selfie with her new beau as they cuddled up for the camera at the event, tagging his name with a love heart

Instagram official! Denise shared a sweet selfie with her new beau as they cuddled up for the camera at the event, tagging his name with a love heart 

The couple have been dating for a few weeks after being introduced by a mutual friend and went public with their romance at the 12th annual Grand Prix Ball.

The entrepreneur owns Whiteditch Lane Development LTD and based on photos added to his Twitter account appears to be a father to a young daughter.  

Denise is mother to 10-year-old Betsy whom she shares with ex partner Lee Mead and while she has performed in many West End shows Jimmy too is a singer. 

Denise revealed she had split from Eddie in a New Year’s Instagram post, after initially discovering his infidelities in November 2021. 

Sad times: Denise caught ex Eddie flirting sexually with three women and has described his behaviour as 'disrespectful and devastatingly hurtful' (pictured together in 2016)

Sad times: Denise caught ex Eddie flirting sexually with three women and has described his behaviour as 'disrespectful and devastatingly hurtful' (pictured together in 2016)

Sad times: Denise caught ex Eddie flirting sexually with three women and has described his behaviour as ‘disrespectful and devastatingly hurtful’ (pictured together in 2016)

She caught Eddie flirting sexually with three women and has described his behaviour as ‘disrespectful and devastatingly hurtful’. 

Denise claimed that she found pictures and Instagram messages on Eddie’s iPad, detailing the ordeal in her autobiography, A Bit Of Me: From Basildon To Broadway And Back. 

Denise wrote: ‘There were also Instagram messages alluding to phone sex with a third woman. I quickly found the woman’s profile by her screen name, only to discover I’d previously blocked her on my Instagram account – which struck me as odd.’ 

She continued: ‘This was a woman I didn’t know, who’d clearly had an online connection with my boyfriend. Why would I have blocked her from my Instagram account. Straight away, I unblocked her and sent her a message saying how she knew Eddie.’

Who is Denise Van Outen’s new boyfriend Jimmy Barba?

Denise Van Outen‘s new boyfriend Jimmy Barba was once an Italian reality star who sent flirty messages to the likes of Cheryl and Laura Woods, MailOnline can reveal. 

The singer, 48, went public with her new man Jimmy, 55, this week when they attended the Grand Prix Ball – five months after she split from her cheating ex Eddie Boxshall.  

Denise has enjoyed a long life in the spotlight, starring on various shows and demonstrating her vocal talents on the West End, and it’s now been revealed that her new partner has forged a similar career path.   

Brushes with fame: Denise Van Outen's new boyfriend Jimmy Barba was once an Italian reality star who sent flirty messages to the likes of Cheryl and Laura Woods, MailOnline can reveal

Brushes with fame: Denise Van Outen's new boyfriend Jimmy Barba was once an Italian reality star who sent flirty messages to the likes of Cheryl and Laura Woods, MailOnline can reveal

As seen on screen: Jimmy is pictured on Big Brother Italy

As seen on screen: Jimmy is pictured on Big Brother Italy

Brushes with fame: Denise Van Outen’s new boyfriend Jimmy Barba was once an Italian reality star (pictured right on Big Brother Italy) who sent flirty messages to the likes of Cheryl and Laura Woods, MailOnline can reveal

Back in 2010, Jimmy became a household name in Italy after starring in the eleventh series of Big Brother (Grande Fratello) where he finished in fourth place. 

While he may not have won the series and bagged the €300,000 grand prize, he kept audiences entertained during his stint by striking up romances with two of his fellow housemates, Rosa Baiano and Margherita Zanatta. 

What followed was a short-lived pop career, with Jimmy releasing three singles between 2012 and 2013 – although they failed to light up the charts.  

More recently, Jimmy – who described his career as being a dancer and farmer when he appeared on Grande Fratello – has shunned the world of showbiz to become a property developer. 

Cute couple: The singer, 48, went public with her new man Jimmy, 55, this week when they attended the Grand Prix Ball - five months after she split from her cheating ex Eddie Boxshall

Cute couple: The singer, 48, went public with her new man Jimmy, 55, this week when they attended the Grand Prix Ball - five months after she split from her cheating ex Eddie Boxshall

Cute couple: The singer, 48, went public with her new man Jimmy, 55, this week when they attended the Grand Prix Ball – five months after she split from her cheating ex Eddie Boxshall

However, the British-Italian star did reveal that he still has an interest in celebrity culture when he struck up a conversation with the likes of singer Cheryl and Sky Sports’ Laura Woods. 

In 2019, Jimmy was quick to offer himself up as a romantic prospect for Cheryl, 34, who tweeted: ‘Wanna be my Valentine?!’ prompting Jimmy to quickly respond ‘Yep.’ 

In December 2021  Jimmy was quick to call Laura ‘Beautiful’ with a kissing emoji after she shared a snap showing off one of her outfits. 

Jimmy is said to have been dating Denise for a few weeks after being introduced through All Saints star Shaznay Lewis, with an insider telling MailOnline they have been ‘on a few dates.’ 

‘It’s early days but everything is going really well and Denise is happy,’ the source revealed. 

Stripping off: Back in 2010, Jimmy became a household name in Italy after starring in the eleventh series of Big Brother

Stripping off: Back in 2010, Jimmy became a household name in Italy after starring in the eleventh series of Big Brother

Stripping off: Back in 2010, Jimmy became a household name in Italy after starring in the eleventh series of Big Brother

Singing sensation: What followed from Big Brother was a short-lived pop career, with Jimmy releasing three singles between 2012 and 2013

Singing sensation: What followed from Big Brother was a short-lived pop career, with Jimmy releasing three singles between 2012 and 2013

Oh dear: His songs failed to light up the charts

Oh dear: His songs failed to light up the charts

Singing sensation: What followed from Big Brother was a short-lived pop career, with Jimmy releasing three singles between 2012 and 2013

Match made in heaven? The couple appear to have much in common with photos of Jimmy posted to his social media grid showing him taking to the stage with a microphone in hand

Match made in heaven? The couple appear to have much in common with photos of Jimmy posted to his social media grid showing him taking to the stage with a microphone in hand

Match made in heaven? The couple appear to have much in common with photos of Jimmy posted to his social media grid showing him taking to the stage with a microphone in hand

Sources told MailOnline the couple have been dating for a few weeks after being introduced by a mutual friend.

The entrepreneur owns Whiteditch Lane Development LTD and based on photos added to his Twitter account appears to be a father to a young daughter.

Denise is mother to 10-year-old Betsy whom she shares with ex partner Lee Mead and while she has performed in many West End shows Jimmy too is a singer.

Denise went Instagram official with Jimmy on Thursday morning, sharing photos of the two cuddled up at the event and dining with friends.

Cheeky! In 2019, Jimmy was quick to offer himself up as a romantic prospect for Cheryl, 34, who tweeted: 'Wanna be my Valentine?!' prompting Jimmy to quickly respond 'Yep.'

Cheeky! In 2019, Jimmy was quick to offer himself up as a romantic prospect for Cheryl, 34, who tweeted: 'Wanna be my Valentine?!' prompting Jimmy to quickly respond 'Yep.'

Cheeky! In 2019, Jimmy was quick to offer himself up as a romantic prospect for Cheryl, 34, who tweeted: ‘Wanna be my Valentine?!’ prompting Jimmy to quickly respond ‘Yep.’

Hello there: In December 2021 Jimmy was quick to call Sky Sports' Laura Woods 'Beautiful' with a kissing emoji after she shared a snap showing off one of her outfits

Hello there: In December 2021 Jimmy was quick to call Sky Sports' Laura Woods 'Beautiful' with a kissing emoji after she shared a snap showing off one of her outfits

Hello there: In December 2021 Jimmy was quick to call Sky Sports’ Laura Woods ‘Beautiful’ with a kissing emoji after she shared a snap showing off one of her outfits

 

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk

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