Formula 1 presenter Steve Jones has previously dated Hollywood stars such as Pamela Anderson and Hayden Panettiere but says his wife Phylicia is his “favourite person”.
This might be the last thing fans want to hear, but heartthrob Steve Jones is definitely and thankfully off the market.
Steve, 45, has much to be proud of as he begins his seventh season fronting Channel 4’s Formula One coverage today.
He also hosts Perfect House, Secret Location – a new Channel 4 real estate series, with a twist on the usual formula.
The broodingly handsome, witty Welshman even has a novel in the pipeline for next year.
But all of that success comes just short of the only leading lady in his life, his wife Phylicia Jackson-Jones. Ahead of today’s Grand Prix, the charmer sipped on a bottle of lager in Bahrain and said: “My good marriage, my healthy marriage – that’s my greatest achievement.
“I love being with my wife. She is my absolute favorite person.”
It’s a far cry from Steve’s hellish days in the early 2000s hosting Channel 4’s T4, when women were putty in his hands.
He made singer Kylie Minogue blush when she got down on one knee 12 years ago as she took over hosting a T4 weekend.
He dated Hollywood stars, including Baywatch’s Pamela Anderson and Heroes star Hayden Panettiere. Locally, he won the hearts of TV presenters Fearne Cotton and Alex Jones, and the late Girls Aloud singer Sarah Harding.
But 11 years ago, the tables were turned when he stared at photographer Phylicia while filming The X Factor USA.
He was immediately smitten… and still is. They married in 2014.
Raised in Las Vegas, Phylicia, 36, is confident, flawlessly beautiful, and a respected food stylist and author.
Steve isn’t keen on reflecting on his past love life. He said: “To talk about the past at all now would be disrespectful to it. I don’t think about the past. I don’t read about myself or google my own name.
“We are happy and enjoying ourselves. It’s one of the things I’m most proud of.” Phylicia’s social media is awash with hilarious snaps of the perfect couple enjoying life to the fullest.
They also live an independent life and she supports his frequent work trips.
He said: “My wife is very cool with her own company. I don’t feel the need to say, “Oh god, I have to call my wife right now because we didn’t speak today” when I’m at work.
“She doesn’t have to be reassured by me with three calls a day.”
Steve, who was a model and got his start on TV with C5’s 99 Things To Do Before You Die, is similarly relaxed about his career.
He said: “I don’t think about the past or the future. I’m not one to write, “Here are 10 things I want to achieve in the next five years.”
“All I know is that in the moment I’m focused and I’m working hard and whatever happens, happens.”
Steve’s endearing and enduring wit was one of the reasons Channel 4 recruited him to present Perfect House, Secret Location, in which couples visit homes in the UK but are left in the dark about the location.
He said: “Presenting isn’t a job for the faint of heart, but you have to be confident, persistent and not afraid to try new things.
“Before the F1 job I had never thought about becoming a sports presenter. I thought no, that’s scary!
“But the fact that it scared me made me think maybe it was the right thing to do and it was probably the best move I’ve ever made. It makes me feel so energized because it’s a great sport to participate in.
“I’m not 100% familiar with the subject. I love a real estate show like the next person. Homes Under The Hammer’s Martin Roberts is my god. I love this man.
“I’m not going to pretend to be an expert.
“As a result, I’m surrounded by a very intelligent, bright team that knows when to hold hands and when to say, ‘Now go ahead and be yourself’.”
Steve was initially reluctant to take the job, but was interested in the show’s different format and humor.
He kidnaps couples in a blacked-out minivan to see dream homes within their budget.
But they aren’t told where the houses are until they’ve decided on the one they love most.
He laughs at any suggestion that he’s trying to compete with the likes of Location, Location, Kirstie Allsopp and Location’s Phil Spencer.
Steve says, “Don’t start a war between me and Allsopp. Because we know she will win!”
Perfect House, Secret Location, Thursdays at 8 p.m. on Channel 4.
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