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.