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Ulrika Jonsson reveals she enjoyed a secret night of passion with Sylvester Stallone’s brother Frank


Ulrika Jonsson has revealed she enjoyed a secret night of passion with Sylvester Stallone’s brother Frank when she was 20 years old.   

In a candid new interview, the presenter, 54, told how she went on a date to a premiere with the singer – who is 17 years her senior – before the tryst.

She admitted she was a bit ‘naive’ accepting the dinner invitation and that he had told her work colleagues he fancied her before asking her out.    

Wild: Ulrika Jonsson has revealed she enjoyed a secret night of passion with Sylvester Stallone’s brother Frank when she was 20 years old

Talking on Vicky Pattinson’s podcast The Secret To, Vicky asked her: ‘I am so intrigued about your love life. Is everyone? Do you get this off everyone? Tell me who the most famous person you’ve kissed is? Because that’s what I want to know really.’

Ulrika replied: ‘Oh my god. I don’t even know. See I can’t remember these things Vicky. I had a date with – this is before I was even famous actually so I don’t know how this happened – a date with Sylvester Stallone’s brother.’ 

Vicky then interrupted to say: ‘F*** off. That’s so good. Is he handsome?’

Ulrika explained: ‘I was working as a secretary. I was like 20 or something, and he was a guest on the programme. He like, let it be known to the showbiz section that he’d like to take me out. 

Romance: In a candid new interview, the presenter, 54, told how she went on a date to a premiere with the singer (right with brother Sylvester) - who is 17 years her senior - before the tryst

Romance: In a candid new interview, the presenter, 54, told how she went on a date to a premiere with the singer (right with brother Sylvester) – who is 17 years her senior – before the tryst

‘Honestly, I was so green and naive I had no idea, so I went to some premiere or something with him. I do think I still slept with him as well.’ 

She added: ‘It goes back to that thing if you’re working in that environment you have celebrities coming in all the time. You feel like you’re a part of something. You get kind of, I guess a bit swept up in it.’ 

Frank Stallone, now 71, is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, and has composed songs for many of his older brother’s movies.

He’s also starred in the Rocky saga, Get Carter and American Mobster.

Star: Frank Stallone, now 71, is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, and has composed songs for many of his older brother's movies

Star: Frank Stallone, now 71, is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter, and has composed songs for many of his older brother’s movies

Elsewhere in the interview Ulrika dished all from her time on the show Gladiators nearly three decades on and revealed the steamy antics the cast would get up to off camera. 

Insisting there was plenty of bed-hopping between shows, the presenter revealed one female star was caught sleeping with four different people and the girls would be forced to glue their lycra leotards to their behinds, as the outfits they had to wear were so skimpy.  

On the podcast the conversation quickly turned to Ulrika’s first foray into presenting, where she landing the hosting gig of show Gladiators in 1992. 

Young: She admitted she was a bit 'naive' accepting the dinner invitation and that he had told her work colleagues he fancied her before asking her out

Young: She admitted she was a bit ‘naive’ accepting the dinner invitation and that he had told her work colleagues he fancied her before asking her out

The much-loved series was a sports entertainment gameshow that saw members of the public compete against a Gladiator – an elite athlete – in a series of physical challenges in order to reach the final round,The Eliminator, and be crowned champ.

Keen to hear all the juicy details on what went on backstage, Vicky didn’t hold back as she said to Ulrika: ‘I have to ask, was everyone f**king each other on Gladiators?’   

Happy to indulge Vicky, Ulrika replied: ‘Apparently. Not me… I was writing my lines, I mean learning my lines. Apparently, in the first year that we did it – [the cast] took over a whole floor in the hotel – there was loads of jumping from bed to bed.’ 

Ulrika revealed that one of the show’s female stars, who she refused to name, once confessed to sleeping with four different people in one night. 

Steamy: Elsewhere in the interview Ulrika dished all from her time on the show Gladiators nearly three decades on and revealed the steamy antics the cast would get up to off camera (pictured above with Hunter (L) and Trojan (R) in 1994)

Steamy: Elsewhere in the interview Ulrika dished all from her time on the show Gladiators nearly three decades on and revealed the steamy antics the cast would get up to off camera (pictured above with Hunter (L) and Trojan (R) in 1994)

She continued: ‘There was one female gladiator, somebody picked her up on it – she should remain nameless – they said, ‘F**king hell, what was it… you were f**king five people… coming and going from your room last night.’

‘She went, ‘No. Four,” Ulrika revealed, joking: ‘At that point, maybe just stop at no?’

The mum-of-four added that the hotel hosting the stars had to stop them from using fake tan as it would ‘ruin’ the sheets on the bed in their rooms. 

Ulrika was romantically linked to one of Gladiators’ male stars, Hunter – real name James Crossley, and while the pair initially denied they were involved, Ulrika penned about their relationship in her autobiography, Honest, released in 2003. 

They dated from 1996, with Ulrika admitting she was ‘infatuated’ with her ex-beau. 

Wow! Insisting there was plenty of bed-hopping between shows, the presenter revealed one female star was caught sleeping with four different people

Wow! Insisting there was plenty of bed-hopping between shows, the presenter revealed one female star was caught sleeping with four different people 

Chatting with Vicky, Ulrika revealed that Hunter was only 22 years old when they first began dating, as she praised the former bodybuilder for being the ‘sweetest man’. 

‘Obviously I dated Hunter for about a year and a half and away from the show he was amazing and the sweetest, sweetest man,’ she said. ‘He was only 22 when I think when I got together with him. Poor boy.’

Reflecting on the show, Ulrika also revealed that the female stars would be forced to glue their lycra leotards to their behinds to stop them from riding up.  

The female Gladiators, which included former British swimmer Sharron Davies who appeared on the series as alter-ego Amazon, were known for their scantily-clad sporting gear that they would compete in.

Ulrika revealed: ‘The female Gladiators were having to glue the outfits on to their bums, as the costumes were so small. They would disappear and if they were wrestling you might get an eyeful.’ 

‘It was so sexually charged, but a family show,’ Ulrika added, as she admitted she used to feel ‘so uncomfortable’ in outfits she was made to wear as host. 

‘In the first series they wanted me in a leotard and leggings and I was so uncomfortable. I also had a push-up bra so that I looked sporty,’ she said. 

‘The second year I said to the wardrobe guy, ‘I feel so uncomfortable in this. Put me in something flowing, or whatever.”

As well as both male and female Gladiators, the show also had its own cheerleading squad known as the G-Force. 

Gladiators ran for eight years between 1992 and 2000 on ITV, with Ulrika serving as the show’s main host alongside former footballer John Fashanu and Jeremy Guscott, who stepped in to replace John for one year between 1997 and ’98.    

Since then, Ulrika appeared as a team captain on BBC Two series Shooting Stars and has starred on a number of reality shows including, Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Masterchef and First Dates Hotel in 2019. 

Most recently, fans have seen Ulrika put through her paces on the third series of Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins by ex-military soldier Ant Middleton. 

She joined former Geordie Shore star Vicky on the series, as well as Kerry Katona, Ore Oduba, Jake Quickenden, James Cracknell and Alexandra Burke. 

Ulrika was forced to withdraw from the series early on due to medical reasons, after struggling to recover from a case of mild hypothermia she suffered in the first episode.

Moving on: Fans recently saw Ulrika appear on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, but she was forced to withdraw from the series on medical grounds after suffering mild hyperthermia

Moving on: Fans recently saw Ulrika appear on Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins, but she was forced to withdraw from the series on medical grounds after suffering mild hyperthermia



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