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Church: I asked Henson over new man

Charlotte Church has revealed she asked Gavin Henson's permission to date new boyfriend Jonathan Powell.

The singer has two children Ruby, three, and Dexter, 20 months, with the rugby player and Strictly Come Dancing contestant - but they split in May and she has since been seeing fellow musician Powell.

Church told Heat magazine: "I'd been writing with Johnny for a while, but it was a good couple of months after me and Gav split.

"I kind of asked Gav's permission in a way. I said to him, 'I really want you to know that nothing ever went on between me and Johnny while we were still together'.

"Johnny had a girlfriend when we were first working together, and I had Gav. And I'm not that type of person. I hadn't really noticed any feelings at that point. When I'm a taken woman, I'm a taken woman - that's the way I see things. And I've still got a lot of love and respect for Gav."

Church, 24, said she is enjoying her relationship with Powell, but she is cautious about taking things too fast.

She said: "Johnny's amazing and brilliant, but it's early days and the split with Gav is still raw."

Church said filming ITV1 show 71 Degrees North affected Henson's views about their impending marriage, making him "sit back and reflect". She also had a change of heart.

"I really was going to marry Gav and spend the rest of my life with him," she said. "But then he came back from Norway and he'd changed and I'd had time to think."


From Belfast Telegraph