Nick Knowles hits out at critics who slammed his girlfriend Katie Dadzie over their 27-year age gap

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A furious Nick Knowles has hit out at critics who took aim at his girlfriend over their 27-year age gap.

The DIY SOS star, 59, was spotted enjoying a romantic evening with mother-of-two and sex toy business owner Katie Dadzie, 32, over the Easter weekend last month, with the pair dining out in London’s Mayfair.

And, after he was targeted by trolls who pointed out their age difference and suggested she was a gold digger, Nick has slammed the bullies for having a go at the ‘people I care about’.

Unimpressed: A furious Nick Knowles, 59, has hit out at critics who took aim at his girlfriend Katie Dadzie, 32, over their 27-year age gap

Unimpressed: A furious Nick Knowles, 59, has hit out at critics who took aim at his girlfriend Katie Dadzie, 32, over their 27-year age gap

He told The Sun: ‘I choose to be on TV. As a result, I expect the whole nine yards. I am up there as an object. I’ve chosen to be on TV but my children, or my family, or people I date, for them I feel it’s unfair to have a go at them.

‘What upset was the judgment of her without knowing anything about her. Or what her motivations might be. I found that upsetting and unfair and felt I needed to say something about it.

‘By all means have a go at me, I’m there to be shot at verbally on social media and the rest of it because of what I’ve chosen to do as a living.

Together: Nick, who split from his wife Jessica Rose Moor in 2016, made his first appearance with girlfriend Katie (pictured) in September 2021

Together: Nick, who split from his wife Jessica Rose Moor in 2016, made his first appearance with girlfriend Katie (pictured) in September 2021

‘But it feels a bit unfair to have a go at people I care about.’

Nick went on to insists he does not believe his own hype when it comes to being a celebrity.

He said he feels working in the public eye does not mean he thinks his more special than anybody else and never assumes people are pleased to meet him just because he’s been on the television.

‘I start from the idea that actually everybody thinks the worst of me until I can prove otherwise,’ he said.

Last month, Nick took to Twitter to point out to his critics that Katie was ‘wealthier and more successful’ than him.  

Sad: Nick took to his Twitter last month to call out trolls who pointed out their age difference and implied she might be a gold digger

Sad: Nick took to his Twitter last month to call out trolls who pointed out their age difference and implied she might be a gold digger

He wrote: ‘I’m raging. The woman I was out to dinner with when we were papped is 32, has degrees in two subjects, runs 3 businesses.

‘She is wealthier & more successful than me and is intelligent and independent, unlike the abusive trolls attacking her. ‘What happened to #bekind?’  

Katie runs two businesses, one called Boa Boa which sells lingerie and sex toys, and other called Boobbix which flogs ‘lactation products for breastfeeding mums’. 

Nick, who split from his wife Jessica Rose Moor in 2016, made his first appearance with girlfriend Katie in September 2021, after ending his romance with PR guru Emily Hallinan, 27, in February 2020.  

On their night out last month, Nick cut a dapper figure in a smart navy blue blazer and jeans as he left Hakasan restaurant with girlfriend Katie on his arm.

The pair were seen leaning in for a kiss as they took a cigarette break before jumping into a waiting car.

Old flame: It comes after Nick revealed that he was single again after splitting from his girlfriend, PR guru Emily Hallinan, 27, insisting at the time it'wasn't the end of the world (Nick and Emily pictured in 2019)

Old flame: It comes after Nick revealed that he was single again after splitting from his girlfriend, PR guru Emily Hallinan, 27, insisting at the time it ‘wasn’t the end of the world (Nick and Emily pictured in 2019)

According to The Sun, Nick and Katie made their public debut as a couple at a restaurant in Bath last year, after being friends for several years. 

The presenter allegedly met his new girlfriend at a playgroup attended by his youngest son Eddie, seven. A source said: ‘Nick and Katie have known each other for a couple of years, but it’s always been platonic.

‘They actually met through their youngest offspring and went on a few playdates as pals, before romance blossomed. Katie is a beautiful woman, fiercely independent and just Nick’s type.

‘They’ve met one another’s friends and, although it’s early days, everyone is hopeful this might be for keeps.’

It comes after Nick revealed in February 2020 that he was single again after splitting from his girlfriend, PR guru Emily, insisting at the time it ‘wasn’t the end of the world’ and announcing the news on Valentine’s Day.

Having made something of a reputation for himself with his love of younger ladies, Nick was also romantically involved with TOWIE star and stuntwoman Pascal Craymer, 34, back in 2017.

Things turned sour however, when model Pascal claimed she blocked Nick after he reportedly bragged about his ‘revolving’ bed’ and ‘dating younger women’.  

She alleged that the twice-married DIY SOS host was ‘desperate to get his leg over’ when they went on a few of lavish dates in 2017. 

He tried to kiss her before the starters during a £600 meal and embarrassed her with his ‘dad dancing’ in a nightclub.

Shock: Prior to his romance with Emily, he was reported to have dated TOWIE star Pascal Craymer  (pictured in 2017)

Shock: Prior to his romance with Emily, he was reported to have dated TOWIE star Pascal Craymer  (pictured in 2017)

Nick later hit back – branding the one-time TOWIE star a ‘sad fame-hungry nobody’, with his pals issuing a scathing statement about the brunette beauty, who later hit back. 

Pascal strongly denied the claims, saying: ‘I don’t take too kindly being referred to as a ‘sad fame-hungry nobody.’ She insisted the allegations were incorrect.

Prior to his Pascal fling, Nick and Jessica Rose Moor’s romance and marriage was also widely publicised, with emphasis on their age gap.  

Nick began dating Jessica in 2009 before they tied the knot in 2012 and welcomed their son Eddie in 2014. They split in 2016 – initially amicably, as he supported her through her battle with cervical cancer. 

Despite a bitter divorce battle surrounding the custody of their then three-year-old son Eddie, the pair are now back on good terms with one another, with Nick recently admitting he still cared about his former wife.

Speaking to The Mirror in 2018 Nick said: ‘It took me a while to figure stuff out. I’m really proud of the fact that Jess and I are really good.

‘She’s a great mother. Coming out of a marriage is hard, so I just want to make sure it stays respectful. I really care about my ex. She’s got a new chap and I’m really pleased. They seem really happy.’

It was revealed at the time that Jessica asked for £48,000 a year from him in light of their bitter divorce battle.

Ex: Nick began dating now ex-wife Jessica in 2009 before they tied the knot in 2012 and welcomed their son Eddie in 2014 (Nick and Jessica, pictured in 2016)

Ex: Nick began dating now ex-wife Jessica in 2009 before they tied the knot in 2012 and welcomed their son Eddie in 2014 (Nick and Jessica, pictured in 2016)

According to The Sun, Jessica who was receiving £4,000 a month as part of their settlement, is demanding an extra £2,000 a month in order to fund their three-year-old son Eddie’s education.

‘Nick is distraught that Jessica has made these claims. She already gets £4,000 a month from him and he’s funded her life for years,’ a source told the publication.

It came after Jessica posted an ‘open letter about my divorce’ in which she alleged ‘years of emotional cruelty, physical abuse’ by her husband as well as reportedly withdrawing their son Eddie from private education.

However, sources close to the DIY SOS presenter denied the allegations – saying he ‘only wants the best for his son’. 

In a statement on the micro-blogging site, she denounced his denials of ‘cruelty’ and continued to suggest that he has withdrawn his financial support for their son.

In the equally emotional letter captioned: ‘In response’, Jessica responded to Nick’s apparent shock at the ‘horrendous’ allegations made, saying:

‘Nick may be intelligent but he is not smart. He is now denying that he withdrew his promise to send Eddie to private school but it was sent by his solicitor to mine.

‘He as also denied years of cruelty but I do have diaries and photographic proof’.

Jessica then alleged that the presenter ‘abandoned’ her with young son Eddie in Spain for a ‘string of girlfriends’, and that she wants Nick to ‘keep his promises’ or she may publish ‘witness statements’ that could confirm her allegations. 

Nick’s Extensive Dating Life 

Nick and Suzi Perry in 2003

Nick and Suzi Perry in 2003

1995-2000: Gillian Knowles

Nick had two children with his first wife before their split in 2000. 

They share son Charlie, 27, and daughter Tuesday, 26. 

UNKNOWN: Paula Beckett-Vass

Little is known of his romance with beauty therapist Paula, although the couple share son Tyrian-J, 23.  

2000-2003: Suzi Perry 

The two presenters met on the set of BBC’s City Hospital soon after his split from his first wife and went on to date for three years. 

2009-2016: Jessica Rose Moor

Nick began dating Jessica in 2009 before they tied the knot in 2012 and welcomed their son Eddie in 2014.

Nick and Jessica in 2013

Nick and Jessica in 2013 

 They split in 2016 – initially amicably, as he supported her through her battle with cervical cancer. 

Following her recovery, they debated reuniting but split for good in December 2016. 

Things later turned nasty, with a war of words between the pair. 

Jessica accused the star of abuse in an explosive open letter on Twitter. 

They also became locked in financial wars when she asked for more money to provide for their son which led to further heartache for the pair however they later resolved their issues. 

Pascal pictured in 2019

Pascal pictured in 2019

2017: Pascal Craymer

Nick hit headlines with TOWIE star Pascal following a fleeting romance.

 Things turned sour however, when model Pascal claimed she blocked Nick after he reportedly bragged about his ‘revolving’ bed’ and ‘dating younger women’.

She alleged that the twice-married DIY SOS host was ‘desperate to get his leg over’ when they went on a few of lavish dates last year.

She also claimed ‘forward’ Nick tried to kiss her before the starters during a £600 meal and embarrassed her with his ‘dad dancing’ in a nightclub.

2019-2020: Emily Hallinan

Nick and Emily in 2019

Nick and Emily in 2019

Emily and Nick began dating in 2019, after exchanging a series of messages about a work opportunity on Twitter, with Nick telling Emily to get in touch. 

Sadly, one year later, in February 2020 Nick confirmed the pair had split. 

He took to Twitter to reveal he is single and urged his followers not to worry about Valentine’s Day as he too was spending the day alone.

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