Lee Mead has revealed he's found love again, nearly five years after the end of his marriage to Denise Van Outen in 2013. In an interview with the Sun, 36-year-old Lee opened up about his new romance with mum-of-one Issy, who he first met in a coffee shop after picking up daughter Betsy, seven, from school. "We got on really well, but it was a while before I plucked up the courage to ask her on a date," the Holby City star shared. "She's a lovely woman, and she's a parent as well, which I think helps. She's based in Kent and she's not in the same business as me; I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing!"
Lee Mead pictured with his new girlfriend Issy
He continued: "I am not one to rush into relationships and I was single for six years, but it's nice to have found someone. We've been together just under a year and it's going really well. We have a nice weekend together recently and were very happy."
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Lee and Denise, 43, first met when he entered and won the 2007 BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do, on which Denise appeared as a judge. They announced their engagement in January 2009 and were married in the Seychelles in April that same year. On 1 May 2010, the former couple welcomed their daughter Betsy. Denise and Lee announced their separation in July 2013 and were officially divorced two years later.
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Lee was married to Denise Van Outen from 2009 until 2013
Denise is now in a long-term relationship with Eddie Boxshall - and in November, she revealed they have considered having a baby together. "I go through waves if I'm honest," she said, during an appearance on Loose Women. "I've got one child Betsy, who is seven, but I think, I am so lucky to have her but for me it's that thing of thinking I have to go through it all again, the sleepless nights and everything. Whereas for him, he will do it at the drop of a hat, if he could. He would share it. But don't get me wrong, if I fell pregnant I would be over the moon but I can't overthink it because I just don't know."
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