‘NICK is NOT a player!’

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De­spite find­ing D suc­cess as the pre­sen­ter of DIY SOS – a show he’s fronted for al­most 20 years – Nick Knowles has be­come al­most as fa­mous for his tur­bu­lent love life.

The 55-year-old’s ex-wife Jes­sica Moor, 30 – who he split from in 2016 – ac­cused him ear­lier this year of “emo­tional cru­elty, abuse and even­tu­ally iso­la­tion” in a se­ries of Tweets,

which Nick fu­ri­ously de­nied. And Emmerdale ac­tress Gemma Oaten – who he was spot­ted cud­dling up to at the TV Choice Awards in Septem­ber 2016 – said he be­came “cruel” and dropped her like “a ton of bricks” when their ro­mance was ex­posed.

But speak­ing to Closer, Nick’s long­time friend Nicki Chap­man in­sists his Lothario sta­tus couldn’t be fur­ther from the truth.

She says, “I think most peo­ple know Nick from DIY SOS and what you see on TV is how he is in real life – a very like­able, funny, kind, charis­matic guy. He’s very bright, very ca­pa­ble and also very pa­tient with oth­ers. He’s not a player and he’s not act­ing on TV ei­ther. What you see is what you get. He’s a per­fect din­ner party guest in my opin­ion. He’s been la­belled as a Lothario but hav­ing known Nick as a friend for many years, that’s not the man I know.”

As for ro­mances in the jun­gle, Nicki said Nick’s fo­cus will be on form­ing friend­ships and mak­ing his chil­dren – daugh­ter Tues­day, 25, and son Char­lie, 24, with first wife Gil­lian and son Tyr­ian-j, 21, with beauty ther­a­pist Paula Beck­ett-vass – proud.

Nicki adds, “Nick wanted to go on the show for the whole ‘jun­gle’ ex­pe­ri­ence and to be with other in­ter­est­ing peo­ple from dif­fer­ent walks of life. He wants his chil­dren to be proud of him. He’ll no doubt make strong friend­ships with both men and wo­man.

“I think Nick is com­ing across in the jun­gle re­ally well – he’s be­ing him­self. A team player, he nat­u­rally wants to make sure ev­ery­one is happy and likes other peo­ple’s com­pany. As we’ve seen, he’s the master at get­ting things done! He doesn’t of­ten sit still. My money is on Nick to win!”

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