Denise Van Outen downloads online dating app as she seeks therapy for split
Love Split TV star Denise Van Outen has said she downloaded a dating app after going through therapy to become the “best person I can be for my next relationship”.
She admitted her split from partner of seven years Eddie Boxshall had “literally floored” her.
Denise kicked out the 49-year-old commodities trader after catching him sexting behind her back.
But the 48-year-old ex-EastEnders star, who tells TOWIE and was a finalist in Strictly, said she was a ‘tough old cookie’ who is preparing to try online dating for the first time in order to find new love.
She told Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast that she was recovering from her breakup and was “open” to another relationship.
“I’m fine actually,” she said.
“I was no good. I wouldn’t say I’m completely cured. But I’m getting there.
“Also, for the first time in my life, I am doing therapy.
“Because everything that happened floored me, literally floored me, then I wanted to understand why there seems to be a pattern on my side – why I sometimes allow myself to maybe try to… to fix things and do things right.
She went on to say that she was really “enjoying” the process and feeling “much better” than she was.
“I actually really enjoy it because I’m learning so much about myself.
“I want to be the best person I can be for my next relationship.
“I feel like I get a lot out of it. So I feel so much better than me.
She has now realized that ‘we are not all the same’ and although she might have a ‘little problem’ trusting someone new, she was ‘open to it’.
“I downloaded a dating app the other day, but I didn’t use it. I’m so afraid. It would be my very first. I don’t know if it’s for me.
“I downloaded it and then I felt really uncomfortable and thought, ‘I don’t know if I can do this’.
“I know it’s the modern way but I’m also very old fashioned.
“My morals, my values, the way I approach relationships are so outdated, and that’s also one of the issues I probably have. My parents have been together forever, so that’s my benchmark.
“I just don’t know if I’m ready to slide just yet. A few months ago, I wouldn’t even have thought of that.
Her decision to join the app comes shortly after her devastating split from Eddie.
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