'She's the first girl I have been with': Gay toyboy insists Denise Welch turned him straight during their four month affairTheatre producer Tom Hopkins, 26: 'I was in love her'
Welch's spokesman: 'We believe allegations are false'
Second man to say he had affair with TV presenter
Denise Welch today faces fresh allegations that she cheated on her husband – this time with a gay toyboy who claims he met her at a wake.
Tom Hopkins, 26, said that the Celebrity Big Brother winner was the 'first girl' he had ever been with and that he fell in love during their four-month 'relationship.'
Shamefaced: Denise seen on Loose Women today, cringed when they showed footage of her topless in the Big Brother house
Revelations: The 53-year-old was back on the panel with Sherrie Hewson, Denise Welch and Carol McGiffin
'I remember her saying to someone she could have anyone she wanted, but for some reason she had fallen in love with me,' the theatre producer told The Sun.
A spokesman for Welch today denied the pair had had a relationship, saying 'We believe these allegations to be false'.
Mr Hopkins is the second man in 24 hours to allege he has had an affair with 53-year-old Welch, who is married to actor Tim Healy.
Put them away, love! Denise Welch flashes her chest outside a wine specialist called Corks Out! during her husband's 60th birthday celebrations yesterday
Party planner Lincoln Townley, 39, told The Sunday Mirror he had seen the actress for eight months.
Mr Hopkins claims he met Welch in a London pub, where the wake was held, before sharing a taxi. During the journey, he told her he was gay.
He said: 'She started kissing me and
stuff happened. She was basically semi-naked in the taxi. The taxi
driver just carried on driving.'
The pair drove to a hotel in Mayfair where Mr Hopkins said mother-of-two Denise decided to take her dress off.
In scenes reminiscent of her serial flashing on CBB, she then reportedly ran down the street in only her underwear.
'It was 4am or 5am and dark so no one spotted her,' Mr Hopkins said.
Toyboy: Denise reportedly had an affair with party planner Lincoln Townley
He then went on to claim they met for
lunch dates and talked 'incessantly' on the phone – despite Welch being married for 23 years.
He showed The Sun a series of text messages, including one saying: 'I'm your fiance not your wife!! Maybe we rushed things xxxx'.
The affair allegedly took place
during the sixth series of Dancing On Ice last year. Mr Hopkins said he
would stay with Welch in her Holiday Inn hotel room.
She would introduce him as her best friend.
Welch was crowned CBB winner on Friday after beating X Factor reject Frankie Cocozza to first place.
the former Coronation Street star shrugged off the rumours, cheekily
flashing her husband during his 60th birthday celebrations.
They had woken up to The Sunday Mirror's report about her alleged affair with Mr Townley.
On the rocks Denise and Tim Healey have been married for 23 years
One of his friend's told the
newspaper that Welch met Townley at the Jet Black club in London last
April after filming Loose Women and had even spent the night with her
before she went into the Celebrity Big Brother house.
He added: 'They started seeing each other on a
casual basis. Lincoln said she was the same away from the cameras as
she was on TV. He saw the Loose Woman in her come out when they were
friend added that Welch would stay at his home occasionally but they
would mostly spend time in her hotel room near the Loose Women studios
after the show had been filmed and then she would head home to Cheshire
the following day.
'Lincoln said they have a great time
together, the age difference doesn’t matter. She is a party girl,
without doubt. He loves being with her because she’s such great fun. It
was very casual and all about having fun. Lincoln enjoyed it because
there was no emotional stress.'
Triumphant: Denise proved popular with viewers and won Celebrity Big Brother
is even believed to have told friends that he was surprised that Welch never tried to hide their relationship and they were always seen
together at bars and restaurants in central London.
But by the early autumn, the friend said their relationship started to get more serious and Welch began talking openly about her marriage problems and said she felt she was living a 'double life'.
Last night, Welch issued a statement saying: ‘It’s Tim's 60th birthday and we
are celebrating that and the fact that mummy is home after three weeks in
the BB house. We are not interested in the Sunday Mirror article.’
The actress has been candid about her previous affairs, both on Loose Women and in her autobiography.
In an interview last May, she said: 'There
is a perception that Tim is the long-suffering husband and I’m bad
Denise. It’s not true. We’ve both, by our own admission, strayed.'
Heated up: Tom says his affair with Denise Welch (centre) went up a notch when the actress was in Dancing On Ice