EastEnders’ Danny Dyer tells Dani to propose to West Ham footballer Jarrod Bowen – as she teases ‘special’ proposal

EASTENDERS star Danny Dyer wants daughter Dani to propose to her West Ham ace boyfriend Jarrod Bowen.

In their latest episode of podcast Sorted with the Dyers, the father daughter duo discussed marriage.


Dani, who was recently pictured out with Jarrod, 24, for the first time, loves the idea of becoming a married woman once she's sure she's found the one.

She said: “I believe in marriage. I really do.”

It prompted dad Danny, 44, to reflect on his own marriage to wife Jo Mas.

He explained: “Well, what you’ve got to remember, that was your mother and me. We’ve been together since, f*** me way back in the 90s. We got together when we were 13 or 14, so it would have been back in ‘92, and then we didn’t get married until 2016.”

The actor said his parents'troubled relationship might have prevented him from tying the knot sooner.

“I don’t know, maybe it’s because I came from a broken home," he continued. "Our old man sort of left when I was 9. I remember in the 80s when they split up, that wasn’t the done thing; people didn’t get divorced, people stayed in their loveless marriage.

"My old man wasn't the greatest of family men. I love him with all my heart, we are who we are as human beings, but some people just aren’t cut out for it. They did the classic, got married very young, bang me out, and then it all went horribly wrong.”

His parents are now "best mates" but Danny said he wished that was the case when he was a young boy.

In fact, it was Jo who grabbed the bull by the horns and proposed to him – and Danny thinks his daughter should do the same with her boyfriend.

He said: "Do what my lovely missus did – she proposed to me. Propose to him, why the f*** haven’t you?”

But traditionalist Dani is keen for the moment to be very special and thought out.

She continued: “I really love the idea of getting married and sharing a last name; it’s the ultimate commitment to one another.

“I can not wait for the day I get married.” 

The relationship certainly has the seal of approval from West Ham superfan Danny.

She previously said: “My dad thinks Jarrod’s a lovely guy. He’s invested in all of the West Ham players – because he supports the team and follows some of them, he’s like: ‘They’re all my friends.’ I’m like: ‘Right, OK, Dad.’

“But he’s always been such a big football fan. As soon as Santi was born, the West Ham babygros were coming in from Grandad.

"That was the first thing everyone bought me, actually, and I was like: ‘I need vests. And could anyone bring some nappies round?’”

Dani won Love Island in 2018 alongside boyfriend Jack Fincham, 30, but the romance didn't last and the couple split the following year.

She then rekindled her romance with childhood sweetheart Sammy Kimmence, 25, and went on to have a baby with him.

But six months after son Santiago was born, her world fell apart when he was convicted of conning two pensioners out of £34,000 and jailed for three and a half years.

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