Noel Edmonds has signed up for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2018 – but while fans are predicting plenty of bizarre utterances during his time in the jungle, little is known about his life back home.
The household name and near-national treasure has been on telly screens since the 1970s, after landing radio jobs with the BBC. He soon amassed a £20million fortune thanks to the success of shows like Noel’s House Party, The Late, Late Breakfast Show and Deal Or No Deal.
But along with the cash, the extravagant homes, his private helicopter and all the other trappings of fame came private heartbreak when Noel’s first and second marriage failed.
Here’s a look back over Noel’s love life as he prepares to enter the I’m A Celebrity jungle.
Noel’s first wife, Gillian Slater
Noel married physiotherapist Gill Slater in 1971 but their relationship ended after 11 years.
They divorced in 1982.
Noel’s second wife, Helen Soby
Noel met Helen Soby in the 1980s and they married in 1986.
Together they had four daughters – Charlotte, who was Helen’s from her previous relationship, who Noel adopted as his own; Lorna, Olivia and Alice.
He bragged about their sex life, telling one interviewer: "I’ve a very attractive wife and I want to be able to enjoy all aspects of her. I don’t play much sport, but make love for Britain."
And after their wedding he joked: "I’m very possessive. Helen is mine. I’ve got a bit of paper to say I bought her."
They had a 35-room mansion and farm at Broomford Manor in Devon, but Noel was forced to sell up when their marriage came to an end.
Helen cheated on Noel with a ‘cross-dressing’ Pilates instructor and details of their affair came out in January 2005 – but Noel later insisted their 18-year marriage was already over by then.
"Helen and I decided to separate in 2003 and I started divorce proceedings – though I’ll never talk about the reasons," he told the Mirror in 2006.
"We planned to have as amicable a divorce as possible."
He claimed at the time that he and his estranged wife were still on friendly terms, but he hadn’t wanted to read all the gory details about her new relationship.
"I do feel sorry for Helen," he went on. "I had chosen that we would get to the point where we were legally divorced before I would have a relationship with anybody.
"But it was portrayed that her relationship was the reason we split and it’s so unfair. Who she has a relationship with now is her business, not mine."
He did admit heartbreak over how their marriage ended, as he believed they’d go on forever.
"I thought that Helen and I were swans. I thought we’d go on until one of us died. But it’s happened and life goes on," he continued.
"If you are with someone for 20 years, it’s a form of bereavement when it all ends. I think I’m just about through it.
"Of course, I’ve been depressed but I do believe in thanking your lucky stars. I look around now and think things could be a lot worse."
At the time he ruled out getting hitched for the third time – but changed his tune just a few months later.
Noel’s third wife, Liz Davies
Sure enough, white wedding fan Noel met and fell in love with Liz Davies on the set of Deal Or No Deal, where she was working as a makeup artist.
He wooed her away from her first husband Nathan Ridler , with who she had two children from their 11 years of marriage, with a string of extravagant dates in late 2006.
They moved in to adjacent villas in a Bristol hotel while DOND was being filmed, then made their relationship official by getting married in July 2009 – despite her being 20 years younger than him.
Liz has supported Noel through the axing of DOND in 2016, and his previous diagnosis with prostate cancer in 2013 – the same disease that killed his father.
Of Liz, Noel said on their wedding day: "To start with it was all very professional, but there was a look in both our eyes."
The two even teamed up for the reality show Eight Go Rallying: Road To Saigon, which aired in August 2018.
They had to compete against three other celebrity couples to win a 2,500-mile rally around south-east Asia.
But Noel fired off a furious criticism of the show after it aired, telling fans they were prevented from actually racing.
"We were trapped in the worst kind of reality TV show. The reality is that the producers are deceiving the viewers," he fumed.
*I’m A Celebrity 2018 launches on Sunday November 18 at 9pm on ITV
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