Seven years have gone by since Denise Van Outen last spoke to Johnny Vaughn. The pair, who shot to fame as co-presenters on The Big Breakfast in 1997, haven't had any contact since their ill-fated reunion on Capital Radio's breakfast show in 2008.
In a new interview with the Telegraph, Denise admitted she is sad their friendship came to an end, though concedes that Johnny "knocked my confidence a bit".
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Denise Van Outen has opened up about her fall-out with Johnny Vaughn
"I'm a girl's girl but I've got quite a male sense of humour so I get on with guys," the 40-year-old said. "I can hold my own in a group of guys, and especially guys like Johnny that like a bit of banter because I can send myself up. He was a really good mate."
Denise then spoke about the end of the pair's professional partnership. "I was nervous about doing radio on my own because I was made to feel I wasn't capable of doing it on my own by Johnny," she confided. "I think he knocked my confidence a bit."
In 2008, the bubbly blonde was invited to co-host Capital FM's breakfast show, which Johnny had presented on his own for four years. Despite many expecting there to be the same chemistry that had made The Big Breakfast such a hit, the pair had a strained relationship, and Denise quit after just six months.
Denise and Johnny briefly reunited to co-host Capital FM's breakfast show
Denise previously told the Mail in a 2008 interview that Johnny had refused to acknowledge on air that they were joint presenters, and limited when she was allowed to speak, occasionally fading her microphone down without her permission.
The blonde star is now focused on the future. This week she will make her highly anticipated debut on hit BBC soap EastEnders playing a trouble-making businesswoman.
Denise said she had the "best time" filming at Albert Square. "You realise how hard working the actors are, how brilliant they are, how they can just switch it on like that," the actress commented. "Film actors get to be all method and sit in a trailer for half a day finding the character, to deliver two lines in a scene and get to re-shoot it about 50 times on every angle."