Please forward this error screen to sharedip-1071804018. Dating an older woman 20 years drives girls and spinsters – and fiancee Denise Van Outen – wild. Here the former Joseph, discusses wooing an older woman and handing over his loin cloth to Gareth Gates. He drives young girls and spinsters – and fiancee Denise Van Outen – wild.
Here, Lee Mead, the former Joseph, discusses cheating on his ex, wooing an older woman and handing over his loin cloth to Gareth Gates. Lee Mead has a mass of curly hair normally seen on a toddler and a face as smooth as batter. He looks 16, too young to be a West End star and a sex symbol to middle-aged women. Too young to have gone through the rigor of the reality TV talent show, which won him the part of Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Too young to lead the Jews to anywhere but a creche.
And far, far too young to be marrying 34-year-old ‘ladette’ Denise Van Outen, to whom he has just become engaged. Do people call you her toy boy? Lee, who has a scrubbed pink-and-white complexion and smells of talcum powder, giggles. That makes me almost 30. I am a grown man.
The couple met on the set of Any Dream Will Do. Denise was one of the programme’s judges, along with Lloyd Webber. There is some mystery about when the two started going out. She clearly championed him to win. But when the show began, Lee had a girlfriend called Kerry Stammers.
I ask him if he was aware that Van Outen – the sort of blonde who, as writer Raymond Chandler put it, ‘would have a priest doing high kicks through a stained glass window’ – fancied him? It’s tough having a toy boy! He looks at his slender, hairless hands and says: ‘I had other things to think about, like singing to millions of people on television. I find this hard to believe.