Denise Van Outen reveals fiancé Eddie Boxshall had NO idea he was meeting her at blind first date

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Denise Van Outen revealed on Tuesday that her partner of seven years, Eddie Boxshall, had no idea he would be spending the evening with her during their first blind date.  

The former Big Breakfast presenter, 47, discussed their humorous first meeting on Steph’s Packed Lunch on Channel 4, and admitted her fiancé, 47, thought it was a joke when the restaurant host let slip he would be sitting down with Denise. 

She said to presenter Steph McGovern: ‘When I first met Eddie, I went on a blind date. He didn’t know it was me which was quite funny. 

Surprise! Denise Van Outen revealed on Tuesday that her partner of seven years, Eddie Boxshall, had no idea he would be spending the evening with her during their first blind date

Surprise! Denise Van Outen revealed on Tuesday that her partner of seven years, Eddie Boxshall, had no idea he would be spending the evening with her during their first blind date

‘I was sitting in a bar and he turned up and said, “I’m here to meet a Denise,” he knew my name. 

‘The guy said, “Denise Van Outen” and he went, “No, it’s not her” like thinking it was a joke. Then of course he also went, “It is you!”‘   

She also revealed the secret ingredient to their successful first date was margaritas, and lots of them.

Denise added: ‘I’ve got the receipt from our first date, I’ve kept it. It was the 22nd of May and it was literally margarita, margarita, margarita, margarita, there’s about 20 margaritas on it. 

Tell all: The actress, 47, discussed their humorous first meeting on Steph¿s Packed Lunch and admitted her fiancé, 47, thought it was a joke when the host let slip he would be sitting down with Denise

Tell all: The actress, 47, discussed their humorous first meeting on Steph’s Packed Lunch and admitted her fiancé, 47, thought it was a joke when the host let slip he would be sitting down with Denise

Unveiled: She said to presenter Steph McGovern: 'The guy said, "Denise Van Outen" and he went, "No, it¿s not her" like thinking it was a joke. Then of course he also went, "It is you!"'

Unveiled: She said to presenter Steph McGovern: ‘The guy said, “Denise Van Outen” and he went, “No, it’s not her” like thinking it was a joke. Then of course he also went, “It is you!”‘

‘At some point, you know when you’re drunk and we’ve gone, “we really should eat something”, we’ve ordered the most random thing – just a bowl of chipolatas! Then it goes back to margarita, margarita, margarita…’   

Denise and Eddie decided to ride out the coronavirus storm and delay their eagerly-awaited nuptials so they can have a grand celebration with their nearest and dearest.

The TV personality said she’s happy to jump to the back of the wedding queue to allow other couples to exchange vows first, as she predicts a ‘massive backlog’ due to the pandemic.

Speaking to The Sun last month, she said: ‘We’re not engaged but we are preparing to get married. It will definitely happen but we’re not in a rush.

Pushed back: Denise and Eddie decided to ride out the coronavirus storm and delay their eagerly-awaited nuptials so they can have a grand celebration with their nearest and dearest

Pushed back: Denise and Eddie decided to ride out the coronavirus storm and delay their eagerly-awaited nuptials so they can have a grand celebration with their nearest and dearest 

‘We don’t want a small wedding. We want a big group of people and a big party with no restrictions.

‘Plus, with all the weddings that have been cancelled because of the pandemic, there’s going to be a massive backlog and I wouldn’t want to get in the way of all of them. Let them all go first!’

Denise and her commodities trader partner have been an item for seven years and currently live in Essex with her daughter Besty, nine, whom she shares with West End star Lee Mead.

Eddie also has two children from a previous relationship.

Honest: The TV personality said she's happy to jump to the back of the wedding queue to allow other couples to exchange vows first, as she predicts a 'massive backlog' due to the pandemic

Honest: The TV personality said she’s happy to jump to the back of the wedding queue to allow other couples to exchange vows first, as she predicts a ‘massive backlog’ due to the pandemic 

Denise gushed that she knew he was ‘The One’ very early on in their relationship, and that living together has only heightened her feelings.

While they’ve had to push back their wedding plans, the mother-of-one admitted they already act like a married couple.

The pair, who frequently appear together on Celebrity Gogglebox, are skipping the traditional engagement process having both been married before.

Denise first walked down the aisle to wed her father’s daughter Lee, 39, in 2009, however they separated in 2013.

The former Big Breakfast presenter revealed she was planning on turning the tables by proposing to Eddie in 2020 because it was a leap year.

Home is where the heart is: In a recent interview, Denise praised Eddie for being brilliant with her daughter Besty, nine, and for helping out with her home-schooling

Home is where the heart is: In a recent interview, Denise praised Eddie for being brilliant with her daughter Besty, nine, and for helping out with her home-schooling

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic scuppered her plans as she admitted it was ‘impossible’ to organise and it ‘didn’t feel right’.

Instead, the couple came to a joint decision to skip the proposal, opting for a modern approach.

According to Denise, she said the thing that appeals to her most about marriage is the commitment between two individuals and ‘feeling loved’, declaring she doesn’t need a ‘big rock’ on her finger to prove that.

Instead, the Essex-based couple are planning to exchange simple wedding bands when they meet at the alter.

During the interview, Denise praised Eddie for being brilliant with her daughter and for helping out with her home-schooling during lockdown, which she admitted was really challenging.

The former Dancing On Ice contestant said Betsy found last year ‘tough’ after not being able to see her pals or attend school, especially as she is an only child.

Denise confirmed she has ruled out the possibility of having more children and said she has ‘no regrets’ about her decision, despite considering it a few years ago.

Steph’s Packed Lunch airs weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4 

Ex: She shares her only child with West End star Lee Mead and the pair tied the knot in 2009 before separating four years later (pictured in 2010)

Ex: She shares her only child with West End star Lee Mead and the pair tied the knot in 2009 before separating four years later (pictured in 2010) 

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