Nick Knowles, 58, ‘is dating mother-of-two Katie Dadzie, 31, after meeting her at children’s playgroup’ – following his 2016 split from wife Jessica
- The DIY SOS presenter who split from his wife Jessica Rose More in 2016, is reportedly in the ‘early days’ of a romance with Katie
Nick Knowles is reportedly dating a mother-of-two who is 27 years his junior.
The DIY SOS presenter, 58, who split from his wife Jessica Rose More in 2016, is reportedly in the ‘early days’ of a romance with Katie Dadzie, 31, after meeting her at his children’s playgroup.
It comes after Nick revealed in February 2020 that he was single again after splitting from his girlfriend, PR guru Emily Hallinan, 27, insisting at the time it ‘wasn’t the end of the world.’
New romance? Nick Knowles is reportedly dating a mother-of-two who is 27 years his junior, after revealing in February 2020 (pictured at the time) that he was single again
According to The Sun, Nick and Katie made their public debut as a couple at a restaurant in Bath last week, after being friends for several years.
The presenter allegedly met his new girlfriend at a playgroup attended by his youngest son Eddie, seven.
A source said: ‘Nick and Katie have known each other for a couple of years, but it’s always been platonic.
New love: The DIY SOS presenter is reportedly in the ‘early days’ of a romance with Katie Dadzie, 31, after meeting her at his children’s playgroup
‘They actually met through their youngest offspring and went on a few playdates as pals, before romance blossomed. Katie is a beautiful woman, fiercely independent and just Nick’s type.
‘They’ve met one another’s friends and, although it’s early days, everyone is hopeful this might be for keeps.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Nick Knowles for comment.
In February 2020 Nick confirmed that he was single again following his split from girlfriend Emily.
Old flame: It comes after Nick revealed that he was single again after splitting from his girlfriend, PR guru Emily Hallinan, 27, insisting at the time it ‘wasn’t the end of the world
He wrote on Instagram: ‘Happy Valentine’s. And if you’re single like me don’t worry, we don’t have to join in everything every year. I missed national prune day too. Because it’s not the end of the world to be single for a while.’
The pair reportedly began dating last year, after exchanging a series of messages about a work opportunity on Twitter, with Nick telling Emily to get in touch.
They had been spotted together several times since, once in London’s West End where they went to see musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, days after Nick was pictured kissing a mystery blonde in the back of a black cab.
A source told The Sun at the time that the pair looked cosy during the West End show, saying: ‘They arrived pretty incognito but were definitely on a date inside.
‘She was cosying up to him during the show and they shared a couple of tender moments during the emotional parts.’ The source added: ‘It didn’t appear to be a serious relationship but it’s clear that they were into each other.’
Nick has remained tight-lipped about his love life following his divorce from his second wife in 2016. He was married to Jessica but the pair decided to go their separate ways after four years of marriage.
Ex: Nick has remained tight-lipped about his love life following his divorce from his second wife Jessica in 2016 after four years of marriage
Despite a bitter divorce battle surrounding the custody of their then three-year-old son Eddie, the pair are now back on good terms with one another, with Nick recently admitting he still cared about his former wife.
Speaking to The Mirror in 2018 Nick said: ‘It took me a while to figure stuff out. I’m really proud of the fact that Jess and I are really good.
‘She’s a great mother. Coming out of a marriage is hard, so I just want to make sure it stays respectful. I really care about my ex. She’s got a new chap and I’m really pleased. They seem really happy.’
Following the couple’s split, Jessica entered a new relationship with RAF engineer William Babbage.
Drama: Elsewhere, Nick was rumoured to be in trouble with BBC bosses after he appeared in a Shreddies commercial, threatening his 22-year tenure on DIY SOS
Elsewhere, Nick was rumoured to be in trouble with BBC bosses after he appeared in a Shreddies commercial, threatening his 22-year tenure on DIY SOS.
But, despite reportedly being in breach of strict advertising rules set by BBC bosses, the corporation appears to have made a U-turn on their stance.
Nick told The Sun: ‘I have always said that DIY SOS is more than just a presenting job for me, it’s part of me.
‘It has my heart and working for the BBC for over 22 years is something I have never taken for granted.
‘I will continue filming new episodes of DIY SOS over the coming months and will be back on your screens with the purple shirts next year.’
During crunch Zoom meetings in April, Nick was told by corporation bosses that he would have to get the ad taken off air or quit the show that helped launched his career.
Rules: The TV presenter played a builder in a Shreddies commercial which is said to breach BBC advertising rules (pictured on DIY SOS)
However the presenter, who has dropped off the BBC’s top earners list in recent years and has recently signed up for a new DIY show on Channel 5, was still displaying the 30-second advert at the top of his personal website.
MailOnline understood at the time that the issue is the similarity between Knowles’ character in the advert and his role as the presenter of DIY SOS – and whether it breaches a rule banning stars from replicating their BBC roles in commercials.
The broadcaster’s strict rules state that any promotions involving on-screen talent should not ‘imitate, suggest a reference or connection to or ‘pass off’ BBC content’.
Uncertain: Nick recently dropped off the BBC’s top earners list in recent years and has recently signed up for a new DIY show on Channel 5 (pictured hosting DIY SOS in 2008)
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