TV Plus (South Africa) - - 25 JANUARY -

steve jones has been la­belled a wom­an­iser by the uk press for ro­mances with many high-pro­file celebs, but the welsh hunk’s too busy fo­cussing on his ca­reer as a tv pre­sen­ter to bother with any crit­i­cism. after all, he’s come a long way from work­ing in a print­ing fac­tory to host­ing the first sea­son of x fac­tor usa (2011cur­rent) and the bbc’s new re­al­ity show hair (2014-cur­rent).

he was born stephen ash­ton jones. his fa­ther was a gold­smith and his mom helped out in com­mu­nity cen­tres. the 37-year-old and his brothers lived with their mom after his par­ents di­vorced. when he was 19, steve suf­fered de­pres­sion after los­ing his best friend who died in a cy­cling ac­ci­dent. “i went to a re­ally dark place. life with­out him was aw­ful,” says jones. a year later, a close friend con­vinced him to travel the world to deal with the loss. while on va­ca­tion in thai­land at the age of 20, steve was spot­ted by a mod­el­ling scout for elle mag­a­zine. mod­el­ling saw him be­ing of­fered tv jobs – like a con­ti­nu­ity pre­sen­ter from 2003 to 2010 for teen-ori­en­tated t4 (1998-2012), as well as mu­sic show the pop fac­tory awards (2003-2007). in 2010, the pre­sen­ter helped de­sign and model out­fits for the cloth­ing brand good souls, adding that “i’m not a fash­ion ex­pert, but i know what i like. i was flat­tered to be asked and here i am”. the self-con­fessed ladies’ man has dated brit ra­dio per­son­al­ity and tv pre­sen­ter fearne cot­ton, ac­tress pamela an­der­son and hay­den panet­tiere from nashville (2012-cur­rent). but he’s set­tled down now and mar­ried his fit­ness model girl­friend phyli­cia jack­son in oc­to­ber 2014. but steve wasn’t al­ways such a hit with the ladies – he didn’t have a girl­friend un­til he was 17.“i was popular but i def­i­nitely wasn’t “the boyfriend” in school. i was very gawky: tall and skinny with mas­sive bad teeth and the worst dress sense,” he ad­mits.

steve Jones is learn­ing a thing or two about the world

of com­pet­i­tive hairstyling.

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