Jodie Prenger finds love at last
Jodie Prenger reckons she's finally found the right man, after a series of "prats and Peter Pans".
The singer won plaudits for playing the tragic, lovelorn Nancy in the West End revival of the musical Oliver, but behind the scenes her own romantic life was just as troubled.
While her career was blossoming - she was the public's choice for the role on BBC One's talent show I'd Do Anything - she suffered the indignity of two ex-boyfriends reportedly selling their stories to the newspapers.
"I certainly didn't need to do any research to play the role of Nancy," she says.
"In real life I've been like a magnet to prats and Peter Pans who've caused me problems!
"It's funny really because I'm a real Mills and Boon romantic girl who believes in love, but even I was starting to give up. I said to my mum, 'do you think it's my fault, do I make these men go loopy?'"
But it seems the bubbly Blackpool girl has now finally turned things around.
"I don't want to say too much and jinx things," she says, but with her typical honesty she then proceeds to coo over her boyfriend's qualities.
"I've known him as a friend for a long while and we started dating about six months ago. He's wonderful, sensitive and it just hits you like a ton of bricks when you meet someone who ticks all the right boxes."
Jodie's currently touring as the Lady of the Lake in the musical stage production of Monty Python's Spamalot, and next year is in a BBC comedy drama, Candy Cabs, about an all-female cab company.