Denise Van Outen has been engaged to marry her boyfriend Lee Mead, who reportedly proposed to her shortly after they moved into their new Kent home. The couple's engagement has been confirmed by a representative for the model who verified in a statement, they haven't set a wedding date just yet, "but it will probably be later this year."
And while further details of the engagement were not disclosed, it was claimed that after popping the question Lee immediately whisked Denise off to St. Lucia in the Caribbean for a vacation. "Denise and Lee are so happy," a friend of the couple told The Sun. "They are both traditional people and it was a traditional proposal as Lee went down on one knee and then took Denise to St. Lucia. Of course Denise said 'yes' straight away! Lee bought a ring that Denise says is beautiful."
Denise Van Outen first met Lee Mead, who is a British musical theater actor, on the BBC talent show "Any Dream Will Do", which featured her as one of the judges and him as one of the contestants. They embarked on a close friendship during his appearance on the show, but it wasn't until weeks after he was named as the show's winner that they began dating.
Of the seven years age gap between her and Lee, Denise explained, "Personally a man in his twenties works for me. In my experience, single men in their mid to late thirties tend to be single for a reason. The good ones get snapped up."