Vinnie Jones lost his wife, Tanya Jones, to cancer earlier in the year. The former footballer’s partner passed away just days before he was due to audition on X Factor: Celebrity.
As a result, Vinnie didn’t attend the audition, but as the results of the initial round were revealed tonight, Simon Cowell had some news for the actor.
Calling him up two months after Vinnie’s tragic loss, Simon asked how the family were.
Vinnie explained they were all “pushing through the grief” and trying their best to get on with life.
Simon cut to the chase and asked his celebrity colleague if he would still like to take part on X Factor: Celebrity.
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Vinnie Jones has been confirmed for the X Factor Celebrity live shows (Image: ITV)
Vinnie explained: “Tanya pushed me, Simon. She was really excited for it.”
Simon added: “We would love you to be on the live shows this year.
“We will give you all the help and support you need.”
Vinnie gladly accepted Simon’s generous offer, before revealing: “I’d be honoured, she would love me to do it.”
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