The Strictly Come Dancing star opens up about rumours surrounding her relationship with Lee Mead

Denise Van Outen has endured speculation about her marriage to Lee Mead over the last few months, as she focused on taking part in the Strictly Come Dancing tour while Lee, 31, relocated to LA to pursue his dream of becoming a Hollywood actor.

The Essex 
pair married in 2009 
in a private ceremony in the Seychelles and in 2010 they welcomed Betsy into the world.

While most stars would be quick to say that everything’s 
fine, Denise is prepared to admit 
that being apart for six months 
has caused a ‘massive strain’ 
on her marriage.

‘He’s in LA for pilot season. It’s the thing actors do and you 
have to be there,’ she says.

‘To be honest, it is 
really difficult. We 
just haven’t seen each other. I started on Strictly in September and we’ve been like ships passing in the night.

‘I’m not going to lie, it is a massive strain 
on the relationship.’

Denise says the pair Skype when they can, but the time difference makes it difficult.

‘We haven’t really 
spent any proper time together for six months. We’ve just been trying to juggle everything because we don’t have a nanny,’ Denise admits.

But despite making their best efforts, Denise says she wouldn’t want to live in LA if Lee gets a permanent TV role.

‘I personally couldn’t live in LA. I love going out there for holidays, but 
I think LA does funny things 
to people.

‘Most people I know who’ve lived there become 
really affected by it – you can easily lose part of yourself.

‘I was offered the chance 
to host a new Ryan Seacrest dating show, but I’d just met 

‘I didn’t want to chase 
my career forever and never become a mum.’

She says she understands why the time they’ve spent apart has led to speculation in the media that their marriage is in trouble. ‘We’ve never done the whole red carpet thing as a couple.

‘I mean, I’d say this has been the hardest few months 
out of all of our time together, so 
I can understand why people speculate. But he’s back soon.’

Tune in to Magic 105.4 from 
1pm to 3pm on Saturdays to hear Denise play a selection of her favourite songs and requests

Read the full interview with Denise Van Outen in Now magazine dated 22 April 2013 – out now!

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