Danniella Westbrook has revealed she’s begun preparations for her wedding to her jailbird fiancé, by heading out shopping for a dress in Turkey.
The EastEnders star, 49, took to Instagram on Friday to share a slew of snaps of glamorous gowns as she enjoyed some window shopping in Istanbul after flying to the country for ‘major’ surgery.
The star revealed she was engaged to David, 29, who is currently in prison, in April last year.
Danniella also browsed some diamond rings during her shopping trip as she previously said David wanted to buy her a bigger engagement ring.
The actress previously admitted there will be ‘many sleepless nights’ once her jailbird fiancé is released from prison.
Wedding bells! Danniella Westbrook stepped out for some wedding dress shopping in Istanbul, Turkey ahead of her ‘major’ surgery
Speaking to the Daily Star last May, the soap actress said she is ‘living the dream’ by dating a younger man.
At the time of her engagement she said: ‘I’ve got a big ring that was made for me, and I wore it into the jail and David said ‘it was lovely but it’s not big enough’ so there is a bigger one coming.’
‘He has asked me to marry him but I told him to wait until he gets home. He asks me all the time, he even asked me at the jail. He didn’t get down on one knee or anything but he’s like ‘we are getting married you know.’
David is serving time in prison for counterfeit goods and engaging in a ‘fight with someone’, by her own admission.
However, In January Danniella hinted at a split from her David, who has never been pictured, after six years together with a cryptic comment.
She raised suspicion during a reading with psychic Louisa Earth Angel on an Instagram Live.
When the medium mentioned prison during the reading, Danniella refused to talk about her partner, according to The Sun.
Louisa started off by hinted at bad blood as she predicted that Danniella could open up ‘old wounds’ soon.
Stunning! The EastEnders star, 49, took to Instagram on Friday to share a slew of snaps of glamorous gowns as she enjoyed some window shopping
Bride to be! The star even stopped to look at some stunning satin dressing gowns with bride written on the back for her big day
Danniella also browsed the diamond rings during her shopping trip as she previously said David wanted to buy her a bigger engagement ring
Tough: Danniella’s ‘toyboy’ David, 29, – who has never been pictured – is serving time in prison for counterfeit goods and engaging in a ‘fight with someone’, by her own admission
Louisa said: ‘There is going to be a text from somebody in the next 14 days, which is going to open up old wounds for you. So you must handle that with apprehension. Okay, okay. apprehension, that’s all I’ll say.’
She then went on ‘I keep looking at the programme Porridge. And I don’t know why but I need to give you that as well.’
Danniella then replied: ‘Prison probably, it was in prison wasn’t it Porridge?’
To which Louisa confirmed: ‘Yeah, Porridge is in prison.’
But Danniella appeared to not want to go into more detail when the psychic was giving the information.
Her wedding dress shopping comes after the star spent several weeks preparing herself for another surgery with a relaxing break in Portugal.
Danniella had previously shared her plans to have more facial surgery on the NHS after being quoted £500,000 by a private surgeon.
The actress has undergone various reconstructive operations in a bid to fix her ‘collapsing’ face due to her previous cocaine addiction and osteoporosis.
Revealing she was heading to hospital for her surgery, Danniella shared an image of a motivational quote which read: ‘This comeback is personal, it’s an apology to myself.’
In the caption, she added: ‘Major surgery in 24 hours it’s all about my time now #westie.’
Danniella had previously revealed she needed five operations to correct her ‘collapsing’ face due to a previous cocaine addiction and osteoporosis, and was planning to have it done on the NHS.
The star insists that she needs the surgery to ‘survive’ and that it isn’t for ‘vanity’ but purely for health reasons after her septum collapsed from excessive drug use in 2002.
She told The Sun: ‘I’ve spent the last seven years trying to get somebody to do it, but they said no in case it failed and they got struck off.
‘Plastic surgeons wanted £500,000 to change my face, so I thought I was never going to get it done. It was only because I went into intensive care before Christmas.
‘I couldn’t breathe because I had a cold. There was a build up of fluid and after I fell asleep I couldn’t wake up properly and ended up in ICU.
‘I was sent over to Aintree Hospital in Liverpool and it’s only because I was put in front of the right doctors, or else I’d still be waiting now to find someone. ‘They’re doing it for me under the NHS now.’
Danniella previously underwent a rib insertion procedure in 2018, after osteoporosis rotted away her cheekbones and gums and, after spending the last year getting lip filler and Botox, in addition to surgery on her face, she is hoping to get back to her best.
Not long now! The EastEnders star took to Instagram on Wednesday to share that it was ‘about time’ she was undergoing the facial procedure
Living it up! Ahead of her surgery, Danniella has been soaking up the sunshine on a relaxing break in Portugal
Damage: Danniella previously revealed she needs five operations to correct her ‘collapsing’ face due to a previous cocaine addiction and osteoporosis
Tough: The actress’ battle with drugs has been well-publicised, and she famously had her nose reconstructed after her septum collapsed from excessive cocaine use in 2002 (pictured left in 2009 and right this year)
In April Danniella stepped out with a bandage over her nose after another procedure.
The actress’ battle with drugs has been well-publicised, and she famously had her nose reconstructed after her septum collapsed from excessive cocaine use in 2002.
At the height of her use it was reported she would take up to five grams of cocaine a day, blowing close to £250,000 on the drug.
The star has since embarked on multiple rehab stints in order to battle her demons – and revealed she was finally clean in June 2021, after attending a clinic in Mijas, Spain.
Danniella first appeared in EastEnders in 1990 at the age of 16 and acted on the soap for three years.
She returned in 1996 but her time was cut short when her off-screen behaviour got her sacked.
She returned again shortly after, but was axed again in 2000 after further disruptive behaviour, admitting she blew £100k on cocaine at the time.
The part was recast between 2002 and 2005, and played by Kim Medcalf, but Danniella returned to the role once more in 2009 until 2010.
She was back once more in 2016 for the storyline surrounding on-screen mother Peggy Mitchell’s death, which is to date her final appearance.