EXCLUSIVE: Nicole Scherzinger ‘was so desperate to settle down she would ask friends if they could set her up with someone’, pals say – but then everything changed when she met The One Thom Evans
After a number of failed romances, Nicole Scherzinger feared that she would never find The One.
In fact, after she split with Formula One star Lewis Hamilton for good in 2015, she was left so deeply worried that she wouldn’t find forever love that actively went on a mission for friends to set her up on dates, Mail Online can reveal.
She made no secret of expressing fears that she would never find her perfect match after a string of other failed relationships and reported engagements – including one to Hamilton and another to US musician Nick Hexum whom she dated from 2000 to 2004.
But as she shared her happy news that she has got engaged to former Strictly star Thom Evans on a beach earlier this week, one friend of the former Pussycat Doll said: ‘Nicole has had some devastating endings to some of her relationships, so she began to lose faith and think she would never someone to be with forever.
‘She would often be asking around to see if anyone could set her up with any their friends because she was so keen to settle down and getting married but couldn’t see it. Then Thom came along and that changed.’
Love: Nicole Scherzinger ‘was so desperate to settle down she would ask friends if they could set her up with someone’, pals say – but then everything changed when she met The One Thom Evans
Ex rugby star Thom 38, proposed on a beach, four years after they first met on a celebrity spin-off of X Factor.
Nicole, 44, shared the good news on Instagram, posting a picture of her new fiancé – who used to date model Kelly Brook – on one knee as he presented her with a ring.
Another image shows the smitten couple sharing a hug, with a caption: ‘I said yes.’
The Pussycat Dolls singer was inundated with congratulatory messages from stars including Paris Hilton, Naomi Campbell and Amanda Holden, who wrote: ‘At last.’
Tom, who played for Glasgow Warriors, posted the same photos with the caption: ‘My Ever After.’
Nicole’s other former partners includ Bulgarian tennis player Grigor Dimitrov from 2015 until 2018 and US TV star Talan Torrier from 2005 until 2007.
Nick Cannon also claimed to have had relations with Ms Scherzinger when asked to list past girlfriends back in 2014.
Thom has also dated Canadian actress Jessica Lowndes and Made in Chelsea star Caggie Dunlop, although neither confirmed they were a couple.
The Scottish former international rugby union player said he ‘hit the jackpot’ with Hawaiian-born Ms Scherzinger and plucked up the courage to speak to her on the X Factor after taking heed of his grandmother’s advice: ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get.’
He told The Sun: ‘It wasn’t even in my thought process to try it on with Nicole because it would have been unprofessional and she’s so lovely and stunning in every possible way.
‘I was just like, ‘She’s out of my league’.’
The couple, who went public with their relationship at a Golden Globes after party in January 2020, frequently share snaps from their holidays to Portugal, St Lucia, Malibu and Turks & Caicos and Hawaii.
They’re getting married! Nicole Scherzinger has announced she is engaged to her boyfriend Thom Evans, after he popped the question during a trip to Portugal
Nicole – who recently sent temperatures soaring as she shared a slew of bikini-clad snaps – first met ex-Glasgow Warriors rugby league player Thom, 38, when she was a judge on a celebrity edition of the X Factor in 2019 – and they soon hit it off.
The inseparable couple are regular fixtures on Nicole’s Instagram, but earlier this month it was Thom who posted a snap showing them living it up in Lisbon.
In former posts, Nicole made is clear that she gets along well with Thom’s brother, who has previously publicly declared her ‘music royalty’.
Max made a cheeky reference to his younger sibling’s manhood, quipping that Thom is ‘taller, better looking and has a much bigger penis’, according to The Sun.
Last year a friend of the couple told The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden that the pair would definitely be getting married, with Thom knowing Nicole was ‘the one’ since they met.
The hunk gushed of their romance: ‘Within the first couple of days with Nicole it was just awesome, and it has been awesome ever since.’
Nicole previously enjoyed an eight-year, on-off relationship with Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and a shorter romance with tennis player Grigor Dimitrov.
While Thom’s former girlfriends include model and actress Kelly Brook – who herself is set to wed boyfriend Jeremy Parisi ‘in the coming weeks’.
But the pair have now found the one they plan to spend the rest of their lives with.
In 2021, Thom opened up on his relationship with Nicole, telling how he was ‘massively punching above my weight!’ and exclaimed: ‘I’ve hit the jackpot’.
Speaking to The Sun, Thom made it very clear that he feels lucky to be with Nicole as he explained: ‘Nobody is asking Nicole how she got with me because I’m massively punching (above my weight). She’s so easy and fun to be around. I’ve hit the jackpot.’
Congratulations! The Pussycat Dolls star took to Instagram to share snaps of the moment the rugby player popped the question during a trip to her home in Hawaii
Bikini babe: It comes after Nicole sent temperatures soaring as she shared a slew of bikini-clad snaps on Instagram on Tuesday
Opening up about how he feels about his girlfriend, the sportsman, who has dated the likes of Kelly Brook and Caggie Dunlop, told how he thinks he’s found the one after never having experienced that feelings before.
He said: ‘People always say, ‘When you know, you know’ and I can honestly say I’d never really had that moment. But within the first couple of days with Nicole it was just awesome and it has been awesome ever since.’
The pair first became properly acquainted when his group Tristar knocked on Nicole’s dressing room door and thanked her for not sending them home amid their stint on X Factor: Celebrity.
And Thom revealed that flirting with the Don’t Cha hitmaker wasn’t even on his mind when they entered her room as he didn’t think he stood a chance, but said there simply was an ‘instant attraction’ between them.
He explained: ‘It wasn’t even in my thought process to try it on with Nicole because it would have been unprofessional and she’s so lovely and stunning in every possible way. I was just like, ‘She’s out of my league’.
The former Scottish international rugby union player went on to say that it was his grandmother who inspired him to ‘pluck up the courage’ and talk to Nicole as he recalled her motto: ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get’.
Thom reflected that he rejected the idea of sliding into the popstar’s DMs as he didn’t think it was the ‘done thing’ and would be ‘awkward’, but instead felt it was right to have an old fashioned face-to-face conversation.
He added that he’s ‘really grateful’ that their relationship began ‘naturally’ during their ‘intimate first meeting’, with the hunk insisting he’s ‘never looked back’.
Loved-up: Nicole and ex-Glasgow Warriors rugby league player Thom, 38, first met when she was a judge on Celebrity X Factor in 2019 (Thom pictured with Dermot O’Leary, Levi Davis and Ben Foden on the show)
Parents to be? Nicole previously confirmed their baby plans as she said she was ‘for sure’ thinking about the future and ‘definitely wants kids’
It had been previously reported that the couple are open to starting a family together in the near future.
A friend told The Sun: ‘Thom told pals he’s been taking supplements to boost fertility.
‘Nicole and Thom are ridiculously loved-up, and have had serious conversations about everything from marriage to babies.’
While in 2020 Nicole confirmed their baby plans as she said she was ‘for sure’ thinking about the future and ‘definitely wants kids’.
She told The Mirror: ‘He’s my man… the man of my dreams. I definitely want kids, at the right time. It is all about timing.
‘It’s kind of hard now because I’m supposed to be touring next year, so it’s just about timing. I’ve always wanted a family.’
Nicole added of her beau: ‘It’s just been a blessing to be able to have, like, a normal, healthy relationship and take time for myself. He is my partner in crime, my best friend.’
It comes after Nicole and Thom denied they’d split back in February.
The pair took to their Instagram Stories to insist they would be spending Valentine’s Day together after they were said to have gone their separate ways.
Thom was said to have been seen having a tearful conversation with pals at a restaurant in London.
All over: Nicole previously had a seven-year on-off relationship with Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton before they split back in 2015 (pictured in 2014)
Dating history: Nicole then began dating tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, 32, after her very public split from Lewis, but they went their separate ways in 2018
Dating history: Nicole also had a four-year relationship with 311 rocker Nick Hexum after they met backstage at a concert back in 2000
According to The Sun, Thom told his fellow diners he was staying with a friend after previously moving out of his flat to travel the world with Nicole.
A source told the publication: ‘Thom looked distraught – he was saying things had gone wrong and now he’s back in the UK for the foreseeable, while Nicole lives in Los Angeles.
‘They’ve had the most amazing relationship, and they’ve plastered it all over the internet for all to see – if anything a lot of people thought they were pretty smug about it to be honest, so there might be a bit of humble pie here.’
Nicole previously had a seven-year on-off relationship with Formula One ace Lewis Hamilton before they split back in 2015.
A source close to the star told MailOnline at the time: ‘It was a mutual decision. The long distance kept them apart for long periods of time.
‘They both spent most of their time alone because they were in different countries all the time. Nicole is heartbroken and devastated.’
Nicole and Lewis’ seven years of dating was marred by both public highs and private lows punctuated by periods apart.
A source told The Sun at the time that the singer called time on the romance after the racing driver refused to marry her and start a family.
Nicole then began dating tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, 32, after her very public split from Lewis Hamilton, but they went their separate ways after a long-distance relationship in 2018.
Romance rumours: Nick Cannon sent tongues wagging as he named Nicole in a list of past girlfriends back in 2014 (pictured together on The Masker Singer)
Exes: Meanwhile, Thom dated Kelly Brook from 2010 to 2012 and sadly suffered two miscarriages together (pictured in 2012)
Whirlwind romance: It was also reported that the rugby star was dating former Made In Chelsea star Caggie Dunlop, 34, in 2013
Nicole was also previously linked to Nick Hexum and Nick Cannon before her two high-profile romances.
Meanwhile, Thom dated Kelly Brook from 2010 to 2012 and sadly suffered two miscarriages together.
Thom also dated actress Jessica Lowndes, 34, for seven months in 2013, with their romance starting two months after his split from Kelly.
It was also reported that the rugby star was dating former Made In Chelsea star Caggie Dunlop, 34, in 2013.
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