FORMER X Factor hunk Jake Quickenden split from his fiance Danielle Fogarty in April just seven months after popping the question.
The ex I’m A Celeb contestant has since moved on with Love Island’s Darylle Sargeant. Here’s the lowdown on the Dancing On Ice winner…
Who is Jake Quickenden, how old is he and what is his background?
Jake Quickenden is a 29-year-old former X Factor and I’m A Celeb star.
He was born on 3 September 1988, in Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire to parents Paul and Lisa, and he has an older brother named Adam.
When he was young he worked as a lifeguard and was also a semi-pro footballer.
Jake’s younger brother, Oliver, tragically died in 2012 aged 19 after suffering from a form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma.
His father, Paul, died of the same disease in 2008 and in 2016 Jake opened up about his depression following his family tragedies, saying on Loose Women: “’I went into a downward spiral.
“I’m not talking about it because I want pity but I decided to talk about it to let people know you can come out of it and be alright.”
When did Jake audition for X Factor?
Jake first tried out on The X Factor in 2012 where he sailed through the first round of auditions with a rendition of Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody – but he failed to impress Nicole Scherzinger at judges houses and she opted to take Rylan Clark to the live shows over him.
Returning in 2014, Jake had slightly better luck – making it through to the live shows, but he then crashed out of the competition in the third week.
He has since released an EP, I Want You, in 2015 and an album New Chapter, in 2016 – but both failed to chart.
What has Jake done since X Factor?
Before appearing on The X Factor, Jake dabbled in presenting – with appearances as a host on music shows where he travelled the globe to cover music events and interviewed music stars.
After his appearance on The X Factor – and with his profile rising – he presented on slots during This Morning and Lorraine.
He has also appeared on Loose Women – and his other TV appearances have included Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular and Kendra On Top.
The Sun exclusively revealed in March 2018 how Jake had met with Hollyoaks executives about potentially appearing in the Channel 4 soap.
Has Jake Quickenden had a hair transplant?
Jake revealed in August 2017 that he has begun a hair transplant procedure after experiencing severe insecurities over his hairline.
Sharing a progress picture on Instagram, Jake told fans: “So just incase anyone sees me and thinks it’s Frankenstein, I’ve sorted my hairline out after years of insecurities, people might say your hair was fine and didn’t need it, but after years of being really worried about losing my hair, I took the dive and did something about it!
“Swelling and redness will go down after a week and then just get on with day to day life and wait for the results!!
“My old man was bald and it suited him, I shaved my head and I looked like a peanut M&M, so unfortunately I don’t suit a skin head.”
Jake underwent the procedure in August.
In a chat with The Sun’s Dan Wootton, he revealed how years of anxiety and paranoia about his thinning hair drove him to have the treatment: “I was terrified that I’d look like Phil Mitchell.”
What other reality shows has Jake Quickenden appeared in?
Not content with missing out on The X Factor crown twice, Jake tried out for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here the same year he appeared on the singing contest the second time.
The cheeky lad munched through bushtucker trials and survived eliminations all the way to the final – where he fell at the last hurdle, coming second behind winner Carl “Foggy” Fogarty.
He did, however, manage to star on the Australian jungle reality show and make it back in time to appear on The X Factor final to see Ben Haenow crowned winner there.
In 2017, he signed up to act as a reserve for The Jump – the winter sports show known for the injury it causes the celebs who take part.
However Jake didn’t quite make it onto the slopes, despite several of the celebrities pulling out of the competition through injury.
But Jake had much better luck on Dancing On Ice 2018 – winning the show with partner Vanessa Bauer.
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Has Jake split from Danielle Fogarty?
The Sun’s Bizarre column revealed that Jake split from Danielle during a break in Rome.
News of their break-up came after weeks of arguments over his partying with Kem Cetinay.
A source said: “Jake and Danielle have been joined at the hip since her dad introduced them. But winning Dancing On Ice has meant Jake’s had other priorities. He’s been touring the country with Kem on the show’s tour and getting a lot of female attention, which hasn’t been easy for Danielle.
The couple had been dating since early 2015, Jake played down marriage plans in July 2016, saying “We don’t want to put pressure on it.”
However in September 2017 Jake and Danielle announced their engagement after he proposed on his 29th birthday.
The pair met through his friendship with motorcycle legend Carl Fogarty who introduced Jake to his daughter Danielle.
Is Jake dating Love Island’s Darylle Sargeant?
Since calling off his engagement Jake has moved on with heavily-tattooed Love Island star Darylle Sargeant.
The amorous pair were spotted smooching on a passionate date night in Leeds.
The pair have gone public with their romance a week after The Sun revealed they are dating.
It is the first time the pop star has been pictured with a new girlfriend since his split from fiancée Danielle Fogarty in April.
The tattooed beauty met Jake at the Dreamboys press night in London just two weeks earlier.
A source said: “Jake has been completely taken by Darylle since meeting her at his stripper show…
“They were kissing each other and were very close at the party in front of his family – Jake must really like her if he took her to his family home on what would have been his brother’s 25th birthday.”
Darylle was pictured at the family bash, which was thrown in honour of Jake’s brother who passed away six years ago after a battle with bone cancer.
Did Jake date Emily Blackwell?
A source said at the time: “They met through following each other on social media and started talking a few weeks ago.
“Now they’ve been on a few dates and went out again with friends in London.
“They seem to really like each other and have great fun – it’s all very natural and easy.”
But it since emerged that he’s dating Love Island star Darylle Sargeant.