Inside Dancing On Ice star Ricky Hatton’s romances including a relationship with Playboy model after splitting from his fiancée – as boxer’s life spiralled out of control following devastating loss to Floyd Mayweather

Ricky Hatton is embarking on a new challenge on ITV’s Dancing On Ice after a hugely successful boxing career.

He is joined on series 16 of the show by 11 other celebs – including Adele Roberts and Greg Rutherford – as well as hosts Holly Willoughby and Stephen Mulhern.

Hatton went 43 bouts undefeated before finally losing to world title holder Floyd Mayweather in 2007, who was also undefeated at the time.

At the time, the British boxer was with to-be fiancée Jennifer Dooley, but afterwards his life both in and out of the ring collapsed – losing two fights from four, and growing distant from his parents and trainer.

He ended up splitting from his fiancée before having a string of flings, before revitalises himself as a promoter of mental health and other charitable causes.

Boxer Ricky Hatton is embarking on a new challenge on ITV ‘s Dancing On Ice after splitting from Playboy model girlfriend Chelsea Claire

Ricky and Chelsea (pictured) went official with their relationship in October 2023

Ricky and Chelsea (pictured) went official with their relationship in October 2023

Ricky's life spiralled downwards after being beaten for the first time in the ring by Floyd Mayweather in 2007, including his relationship with to-be fiancée Jennifer Dooley

Ricky’s life spiralled downwards after being beaten for the first time in the ring by Floyd Mayweather in 2007, including his relationship with to-be fiancée Jennifer Dooley

Pictured: Jennifer with Ricky as he received his MBE at the 2007 New Year Honours - they were together from 2005 to 2016

Pictured: Jennifer with Ricky as he received his MBE at the 2007 New Year Honours – they were together from 2005 to 2016

In his early 20s, Ricky had a  brief relationship with a woman known only as Claire, who went on to have his boxer son, Campbell Hatton – born on January 9, 2001. 

Ricky – born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, in 1978 – had his longest relationship with Jennifer Dooley, from 2005 to 2016.

Jennifer was there for some of the highest points of his career, seeing him win or retain multiple world titles as well as being there for the presentation of his MBE in 2007’s New Year Honours.

Hatton proposed to her on Valentine’s Day of 2009. 

He fatefully named the couple’s Cheshire house the ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ after Elvis Presley’s hit track.

In 2010, a video of Ricky taking cocaine was leaked, leading him to begin rehab as Jennifer stood by him.

However, another month later, Irish boxing champion Emma Bowe told the Mirror of how she had been having an 11-month affair with the boxer after getting his autograph in Dublin.

A rocky period between Jennifer and Hatton after the fighter’s retirement in 2012 included him moving in and out of their £3 million home a number of times.

A December 2013 holiday bust-up led to Ricky moving out and after moving back in again months later, in June 2014, he moved out for a second time after going AWOL during a boozy trip to Lanzarote.

But their turbulent year was put behind them in the New Year when they went on holiday to Tenerife with their two daughters, Millie, 11, and Fearne, 10.

In 2016, however, another string of drink-fuelled nights out for Ricky put a final end to his and Jennifer’s 11-year relationship, after he was pictured looking worse for wear partying with other girls in his arms. 

The pair had a turbulent relationship from 2005 to 2016, with Hatton's boozy nights out with other women eventually seemingly too much for the woman he had two daughters with

The pair had a turbulent relationship from 2005 to 2016, with Hatton’s boozy nights out with other women eventually seemingly too much for the woman he had two daughters with

The year after that split, Ricky enjoyed a night out with Playboy model Carla Howe (above) - but rumours of a romance were never confirmed

Carla also dated former Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne

The year after that split, Ricky enjoyed a night out with Playboy model Carla Howe (above) – but rumours of a romance were never confirmed

Also in 2017, Hatton started a relationship with long-term 'bezzie' Marie Pollard (seen with the boxer)

Also in 2017, Hatton started a relationship with long-term ‘bezzie’ Marie Pollard (seen with the boxer)

The pair had split by the following year, but did attempt - unsuccessfully - to rekindle things in 2021

The pair had split by the following year, but did attempt – unsuccessfully – to rekindle things in 2021

He said of Jennifer: ‘It’s very upsetting when you’ve been in such a long-term relationship and it comes to an end.

‘I can’t deny there are times I have found things difficult.’

The year after that split, Ricky enjoyed a night out with Playboy model Carla Howe – but rumours of a romance were never confirmed.

Also in 2017, Hatton started a relationship with long-term ‘bezzie’ Marie Pollard, with the then-39-year-old posting a slew of snaps with his new partner over the course of the year.

On one of their most entertaining early dates, Ricky was hoping to take Marie to the Church Inn, but instead of an ale house the pair ended up at a house of God.

Despite meeting Ricky’s family, and spending time with him watching another thing close to his heart – Manchester City FC – the couple had separated by July 2018.

That month, Ricky shares a gallery of pictures with his new girlfriend, Charlie Nordell, on a trip to Las Vegas. 

The couple stayed at the prestigious Caesar’s Palace hotel and posed for a number of smitten snaps to celebrate their romantic break. 

The sportsman commented: ‘Nice to go to Vegas for a night and not get knocked the f*** out.’ 

He affectionately called Charlie the ‘fun police’ as she was one of those who had attempted to keep Ricky on the straight and narrow since his 2012 retirement.

However, the pair split after two years as a source told The Sun they ‘wanted different things’  with Charlie planning a move to Dubai for 2020.

Hatton managed to rekindle his romance with Marie in 2021, but only for less than 12 months with the boxer going public with new girlfriend Angela Blemmings in July 2022. 

Ricky jokingly called his girlfriend of two years Charlie Nordell (right) the 'fun police' as she helped him stay on the straight and narrow after years battling drink and drugs

Ricky jokingly called his girlfriend of two years Charlie Nordell (right) the ‘fun police’ as she helped him stay on the straight and narrow after years battling drink and drugs

The boxer went out with beauty therapist Angela Blemmings (seen with the Hitman) in 2022 when he was preparing for his comeback fight against Marco Antonio Barrera

The boxer went out with beauty therapist Angela Blemmings (seen with the Hitman) in 2022 when he was preparing for his comeback fight against Marco Antonio Barrera

Angela attended the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Awards with her beau in December 2022, but they split the following year

Angela attended the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year Awards with her beau in December 2022, but they split the following year

Ricky's relationship with Playboy model Chelsea Claire ended up as 'more of a fling' in the second half of 2023

Ricky’s relationship with Playboy model Chelsea Claire ended up as ‘more of a fling’ in the second half of 2023

He took the beauty therapist – owner of EyeCandy beauty salon in Stalybridge – on a romantic getaway to Dublin.

Ricky was also preparing for a delayed comeback fight against Marco Antonio Barrera that Autumn, showing off a slimmed figure despite indulging in a few pints of Guinness on the trip.

Angela shared the BBC Sports Personality Of The Year red carpet with Ricky in December, but the following year was less celebratory for the couple as they went their seperate ways.

Ricky ended up with another Playboy model – Chelsea Claire – in August 2023, but this ‘ended up being more of a fling’ according to a Sun insider.

Their split was revealed in January 2024, shortly before Ricky was due to make his Dancing on Ice debut.

DANCING ON ICE: MEET THE 2024 CONTESTANTS

RICKY HATTON

AGE: 44

PROFESSION: Former pro boxer

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘If I can hold my nerve in the boxing ring I should be able to hold my nerve in the ice rink’

HANNAH SPEARRITT

AGE: 42

PROFESSION: SINGER

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I’m really excited about learning a new skill. It’s so easy to live your comfortable life and that aspect of mixing things up is very appealing’

GREG RUTHERFORD 

AGE: 36

PROFESSION: Athlete 

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘I like a challenge and I needed a reason to go out and do stuff again and here we are. I want to perform something that’s never been done before, that’s my aim.’

Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards

AGE: 59

PROFESSION: OLYMPIC SKI JUMPER

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘Dancing on Ice is a show I’ve always wanted to do. It’s a challenge I think I’m going to relish!’

RICKY NORWOOD

AGE: 40

PROFESSION: EastEnders star 

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘It’s come at such a great time in life. I can’t skate at all! No rehearsals as yet, I’ve just had some physiotherapy to strengthen the body.’

RYAN THOMAS

AGE: 39

PROFESSION: Corrie star

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘Everyone keeps asking me, “are you doing it?” I’ve told everyone!’ 

CLAIRE SWEENEY

AGE: 52

PROFESSION: ACTRESS

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I am stepping into the unknown here. I don’t know how I will feel. But I am very excited.’

AMBER DAVIES

AGE: 26

PROFESSION: WEST END STAR

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I would definitely say that I’m an adrenaline junkie but I do get more nervous as I get older and I hope that I can contain them’

MILES NAZAIRE

 AGE: 27

PROFESSION: REALITY STAR 

WHAT DID HE SAY? ‘I’ve always loved to dance but it’s usually on a dance floor on a Saturday night and Dancing on Ice looks so difficult.’

 LOU SANDERS

AGE: 37

PROFESSION: COMEDIAN

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I’m nervous about cracking my head open, or just bashing the old head. I can’t afford to lose any more brain cells.’

ADELE ROBERTS 

AGE: 44

PROFESSION: RADIO PRESENTER

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘It’s ”bricking it on ice” for me! I think the hardest part is putting myself out there as I usually hide away’

 ROXY SHAHIDI

AGE: 40

PROFESSION: Emmerdale star 

WHAT DID SHE SAY? ‘I can’t ice-skate. I haven’t really said anything to anyone but mainly because I’m so nervous about it!’

 

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