Nicole Scherzinger is currently dating former rugby player Thom Evans, who is often likened to a Greek God. Here are some things you should know about the dashing athlete.
Those who follow Nicole Scherzinger, member of The Pussycat Dolls and "Masked Singer" judge, have most likely noticed her current boyfriend, former Scottish international rugby union player Thom Evans.
Evans is no stranger to those living in the UK, but he is still somewhat mysterious to people across the pond. If you wonder who he is and how he became involved with the singer, here are some things you should know.
Thom Evans and Nicole Scherzinger at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. | Photo: Getty Images
HIS RUGBY CAREER
In 2008, Evans played his first international match against Argentina in the first of their two summer series, and he went on to win caps against New Zealand and South Africa that same year.
After missing the Canada Test at Pittodrie with injury, Evans was back to the international fray for the 2009 Six Nations. He ultimately scored his first Test try against France at Stade de France.
PREMATURE END OF HIS CAREER
The following year, a terrible injury suffered during the Six Nations clash with Wales put an end to his career. Evans sustained a neck injury in a freak collision with Lee Byrne, Wales full-back.
At the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff, Evans underwent surgery and then opted for a second procedure to aid his recovery. Later, it was revealed that he was one micron away from paralysis or even death.
A severe misalignment occurred in Evans' vertebrae. His retirement from the sport was officialized in November 2010, when he realized he would not regain sufficient mobility to play the sport at a competitive level.
NEARLY FATAL ACCIDENT
In 2018, Evans talked about the injury in GQ UK. "I remained conscious throughout, which turned out to be my saving grace," he said, "because if I'd been knocked out it would have severed my spinal cord."
After his sports career ended, Evans had to figure out what to do next. Throughout the last decade, he has transitioned to another career, modeling for labels, including the underwear brand D. HEDRAL.
In the beginning, she rejected his attempts to win her affection.
MEETING NICOLE SCHERZINGER
In 2019, Evans competed on the British reality show "The X Factor: Celebrity," where Scherzinger served as a judge. He was one of three members of the band Try Star, along with Levi Davis and Ben Foden.
Evans and Scherzinger made headlines after speculation arose of them dating. According to reports, the singer is only the latest of a long line of women whom the rugby player has dated.
HIS FORMER GIRLFRIENDS
From 2010 to 2012, he was in a relationship with actress Kelly Brook. Their paths crossed in 2010 when the former "Britain's Got Talent" judge split from English rugby player Danny Cipriani.
In March 2011, Brook revealed via her Twitter account that she was expecting. Her miscarriage was announced a few months later. Brook and Evans' relationship ended in February 2013.
After that, Evans became romantically involved with actress Jessica Lowndes. They first went public with their relationship when they shared an adorable picture of them kissing at Coachella.
A long-distance relationship proved difficult for the pair to maintain after seven months of dating. Evans and Lowndes are still close friends and haven't ruled out getting back together in the future, a source said.
In 2013, Evans was also rumored to have dated "Made in Chelsea" star Caggie Dunlop. The two are said to have formed a relationship after meeting at Birmingham's Clothes Show Live fashion event.
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SINGER
When Evans made an appearance on "Loose Women" in November 2019 and was asked about Scherzinger, some rumors swirled about his relationship with the "The X Factor: Celebrity" judge.
During that conversation, Evans chose not to answer the question of whether or not they were together. He simply praised Scherzinger's lovely character, not revealing any further details.
However, Evans and Scherzinger made their first public appearance together in January 2020 at an afterparty for the Golden Globes. They were seen looking at homes together in Los Angeles by November 2020.
It was reported that Evans was relentlessly courting Scherzinger for more than six years before finally winning over the singer in 2019. In the beginning, she rejected his attempts to win her affection.
Evans kept pursuing Scherzinger on social media, and he finally captured her heart during his stint on "The X Factor: Celebrity." Although she was meant to judge Evans, she ended up being swept up by his charms.
In November 2020, Scherzinger posted a sweet message on social media to commemorate their first anniversary. The singer proclaimed that Evans is her answered prayer and that she loves him dearly.
Meanwhile, her relationship with Evans is not the first she has had with a British man. In addition to former partner Lewis Hamilton, Scherzinger reportedly dated One Direction's Harry Styles at one point.
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