Celebrity Gogglebox star Denise Van Outen has shared her deep respect and trust for best friend Duncan James ahead of the show which begins on Friday June 10th. It follows her shock breakup with her ex, Eddie Boxshall.
The Blue singer is set to appear on the hit TV show with Denise Van Outen when the show airs on Channel Four. She shared that she was touched that James had reached out to her to check on her after the breakup and praised his big heart.
The presenter told The Sun: “The most important thing is that we trust each other. I trust him and we respect each other as friends. “For me, those are the moments when your life isn’t going so well and you have someone to look after you to make sure you’re okay.
She also mentioned on the Fearne Cotton podcast that since the breakup, she’s been in therapy to become “emotionally available” for her next relationship.
“Dunc is always first, he has the biggest heart. He’s always the person to reach out and say, “Are you okay? Is there anything I can do to help?”
She shared that Duncan came up to her for a hug after the split and that he was a huge support. The split is said to have come after Eddie allegedly admitted to sexing other women behind the presenter’s back after seven years together.
She added that it helped that he was good looking and jokingly dubbed him “Dunc the Hunk”. She’s been friends with the blues singer since the early noughties and he calls their friendship “real”.
Duncan confirmed on Good Morning Britain that he would be joining Denise alongside bandmate Simon Webbe. The pair were on the show to talk about their upcoming tour before Duncan said filming would begin earlier this week. He also shared that he refers to Denise as “The DVO.”
He said: “Me and Denis Van Outen, the DVO – we’re doing Gogglebox together, I can’t wait. ‘We’re actually starting filming next week, so yeah, it’s really exciting.’
The two are said to have great on-screen chemistry and share a similar sense of humor.
Other celebrities set to take part in the new series include Dame Joanna Lumley, who will be joined by Gyles Brandreth. Others who will return include Rylan Clark and his mother Linda, Happy Monday’s Shaun Ryder and Bez will also be making a return.
Celebrity Gogglebox returns on Channel 4 on Friday June 10 at 9pm.