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Who is Chelcee Grimes? MailOnline takes a look at the singer-songwriter and football player

Christine McGuinness and her close friend Chelcee Grimes were seen kissing as the enjoyed an evening together at Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park this week.

The model, 34, who split from her comedian husband Paddy McGuinness this summer, was seen locking lips with singer Chelcee, 30, while they enjoyed some drinks at the Christmas event. 

Television personality Christine became friends with Chelcee after they both competed on ITV‘s The Games this summer. 

It is claimed they are ‘inseparable’, with the pair recently jetting off to the Greek island of Crete for a holiday together.

Close friends: Christine McGuinness and her close friend Chelcee Grimes were seen kissing as the enjoyed an evening together at Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park this week

Chelcee has also been a huge support for mother-of-three Christine following her split from her TV star husband Paddy earlier this year. 

A source said at the time: ‘Christine and Chelcee hit it off straight away and love spending time with each other. 

‘They have just enjoyed another sun-filled break together but also hang out a lot at home.

‘Chelcee regularly goes to Christine’s house when their schedules allow it and she’s been such a support for her.’  

MailOnline takes a closer look at Chelcee’s many talents and her rise to fame.

PERSONAL LIFE 

Chelcee Maria Grimes was born in Aigburth in Liverpool on 8 May 1992, making her 30 years old.

She was raised by her mother Maria and her stepfather David and has a younger sister.

Chelcee’s biological father died of a heart attack, when she was just five years old.

She has previously opened up about how he was shot in his car, when she was four and by his side.

Beginnings: Chelcee Maria Grimes was born in Aigburth in Liverpool on 8 May 1992, making her 30 years old (pictured in 2022)

Beginnings: Chelcee Maria Grimes was born in Aigburth in Liverpool on 8 May 1992, making her 30 years old (pictured in 2022)

She made the revelation while appearing on Freeze The Fear With Wim Hof, saying: ‘My dad, he got shot basically, but I was in the car with him.

‘Then he pushed me under the glove box and I remember looking up and seeing my mum and she was just throwing towels out the window because he was obviously bleeding, but she was just frozen and crying from the window throwing towels, it was mad.’

Chlecee added: ‘It’s the only memory I have (of him). But I wish I had just one good memory that I can see.

‘I close my eyes sometimes and really try and think about anything nice, I have pictures and we’re on holiday, but I can’t remember anything apart from that, but that’s obviously trauma.’

Traumatic: She made the revelation while appearing on Freeze The Fear With Wim Hof, saying: 'My dad, he got shot basically, but I was in the car with him'

Traumatic: She made the revelation while appearing on Freeze The Fear With Wim Hof, saying: ‘My dad, he got shot basically, but I was in the car with him’

FOOTBALLING CAREER

Chelcee first began her football career aged 10, playing for Liverpool Ladies.

She took a brief hiatus from the game when she was 16, in order to pursue a music career.

However, she then returned to football and went on to play for Fulham, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Tranmere Rovers and Merseyrail Ladies.#

She has also taken part in three UNICEF Soccer Aid tournaments, playing for the World XI squad.

Multitalented: Chelcee first began her football career aged 10, playing for Liverpool Ladies (pictured in 2019)

Multitalented: Chelcee first began her football career aged 10, playing for Liverpool Ladies (pictured in 2019)

MUSIC CAREER

Chelcee signed a four-album deal with RCA Records at the age of 18, but was dropped a year later.

Her first songwriting breakthrough was Million Miles, which she co-wrote with Danish producer Cutfather for Kylie Minogue’s twelfth studio album.

In 2014, Chelcee won the award for Best Up and Coming New Act at the Juice FM Style Awards.

In 2018, she released her first two songs, Just Like That and I Need a Night Out, and also collaborated with Jonas Blue on Wild.

Her debut single, Just Like That, gained over 100,000 views on YouTube within 24 hours. 

She has also written for Kesha, Olly Murs, The Saturdays, Louisa, Blackpink and Dua Lipa.

Chelcee helped write several of Dua’s biggest hits, Love Again, Kiss and Make Up and Bad Together.  

BROADCASTING CAREER 

Chelsee has channelled her love for sports and music into presenting, hosting the Fifa Women’s World Cup 2019.  

Since September 2019, she is the co-presenter of Match of the Day spin-off show MOTDx, and hosted her own show on BBC Sport called Chelcee Away.

In July 2021, she presented several mini-series for BT Sports, including Para Football and Adventures.

Winner! She recently competed on The Games, coming in first place alongside Love Island's Wes Nelson

Winner! She recently competed on The Games, coming in first place alongside Love Island’s Wes Nelson

Chelcee has not limited herself to sport however, as she also commentated on the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest for the UK.

She recently competed on The Games, coming in first place alongside Love Island’s Wes Nelson

She has appeared on Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof, Celebrity Juice, Celebrity Catchphrase and A League of Their Own.

RELATIONSHIP HISTORY

Chelsee previously identified herself as bisexual in a 2019 interview with Gay Times.

In 2021, she spoke to Pink News where she referred to herself as a lesbian, saying: ‘Seeing me, a mixed-race woman of colour and a lesbian, have not just one career but many careers, I hope that sets a fire in someone else so that they can do it too.’ 

She is the co-host of the Building Queertopia podcast alongside drag queen Courtney Act, which discusses the lifestyle of LGBT celebrities.

She also had her own personal podcast titled What We Coulda Been in 2020, where she interviewed Dua Lipa, Jade Thirlwall and Nathalie Emmanuel.

In August 2019, she began dating Love Island star Megan Barton-Hanson, following Megan’s rocky romance with Towie’s Demi Sims.

Chelcee was pictured comforting an emotional Megan on a night out in London and they went public in September 2019.

However, the couple split in October of that year after it was discovered they were both texting the same woman.

A source told MailOnline at the time Teddy Edwardes had been receiving texts from both Megan and Chelcee, despite them being together, as well as the Love Island star’s ex-girlfriend Demi.

An insider revealed: ‘Megan and Chelcee were just as bad as each other. They were both sending messages to Teddy without the other one knowing.

Romance: In August 2019, she began dating Love Island star Megan Barton-Hanson, following Megan's rocky romance with Towie's Demi Sims (pictured in September 2019)

Romance: In August 2019, she began dating Love Island star Megan Barton-Hanson, following Megan’s rocky romance with Towie’s Demi Sims (pictured in September 2019)

‘Demi was also thrown into the mix. She was sending texts to Teddy as well.

‘After Teddy tweeted about the love triangle, Demi sent her post to Megan to stir the pot between her and Chelcee. Megan and Chelcee had huge rows and ended it.’

But the pair rekindled their romance in November and were seen putting on an amorous display in the Maldives in January 2020. 

They broke up yet again in April, after spending lockdown separately before reconciling in September, but have since parted ways.

Split: They broke up yet again in April, after spending lockdown separately before reconciling in September, but have since parted ways (pictured in January 2020)

Split: They broke up yet again in April, after spending lockdown separately before reconciling in September, but have since parted ways (pictured in January 2020)

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