A Place In The Sun's Danni Menzies reveals war hero ex was shot in throat during horror Taliban shoot-out

A PLACE In The Sun's Danni Menzies has revealed he war hero ex was shot in the throat during a horror Taliban shoot-out.

The 33-year-old presenter of the Channel 4 show dated former Army sniper Simon Moloney, who was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross after he was shot in the throat but continued fighting in Operation Herrick in Afghanistan in 2013.

Simon feared he would die from the wound but was treated by medics and heroically kept fighting.

Speaking to The Sunday Post, Danni revealed how she met Simon on a blind date and had no idea of his military career at first.

She said: "Two of our best friends are dating each other so they set us up.

"He came out of the Army about five years ago and started a company doing outside broadcasting, rigging live events for TV."


After "five or six dates", the coronavirus pandemic lead to them deciding to isolate together at Danni's family home for 10 weeks.

Back in June, Danni opened up about being in lockdown with Simon, saying: "It [lockdown] propelled things quite quickly. So I have a boyfriend now. It is quite amazing.

"We only fell out once. I usually get fed up with boys quickly, so for me that’s really good."

Sadly by November, the couple had parted ways with Danni addressing her relationship status on social media.

She wrote: "We didn't make it past August" alongside a laughing emoji.

Last month, Danni revealed she had got a new pad in London, writing on social media: "Finally made some progress with the flat I offered on in November!!

"I’ll be seeing you soon London Very excited, literally been dreaming about furniture for the last two months!"

A Place in the Sun airs at 3pm weekdays on Channel 4.

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