Denise Van Outen will get married when the "dreadful" lockdown ends.

Denise Van Outen

Denise Van Outen

The 46-year-old star - who has 10-year-old daughter Betsy with ex-husband Lee Mead - is planning to take her seven-year relationship with Eddie Boxshall to the next level as soon as the coronavirus pandemic restrictions are lifted, even though they have never formally got engaged.

She said: "There's been no official proposal yet but we talk about getting married a lot...

"After we've finished our podcast and this dreadful lockdown ends, there will be wedding bells.

"Betsy is desperate for us to get married; she tells us that all the time. We want to do it, too, surrounded by all our family and friends."

To ensure their marriage is as problem-free as possible, Denise and Eddie have been seeing counsellors, with their sessions documented on their upcoming new podcast, 'Before We Say I Do'.

Denise told the new issue of Britain's HELLO! magazine: "There's been no official proposal yet but we talk about getting married a lot.

"One day I commented that I never understood why a lot of people dive into marriage without ironing out their niggles first because the problems just creep up on them years later.

"That's when we came up with this fun idea for a podcast series for myself and Eddie which would involve having counselling to sort out flaws that most people brush under the carpet before we venture into matrimony."

The pair have seen a wide variety of different therapists for the podcast.

Denise explained: "Eddie and I have met different types of counsellors and had the discussions that most couples avoid. We've consulted a food therapist and a laughing counsellor and underwent hypnosis where we had to imagine we were each other and speak the truth."

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