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Who is Wilco Froneman? Jonathan Van Ness’ thirst trapping, rugby playing rumoured boyfriend

Ella Braidwood September 19, 2018

Queer Eye‘s Jonathan Van Ness was snapped with a mystery man—called Wilco Froneman—who he took as his date to the Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (September 18). So, who is the man that’s made the grooming expert so happy?

Van Ness first posted a photo of himself with Froneman at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which celebrates technical and other similar achievements, on September 9 when Queer Eye picked up a gong for Outstanding Structured Reality Program.

“I got a date ,” Van Ness wrote in the caption for the September 9 post.

Van Ness has posted about his date on Instagram. (jvn/Instagram)

And, on September 10, Froneman revealed his identity, when he posted his own snap with Van Ness, adding the caption: “Supporting bae… #Emmys.”

Froneman went on to post another photo—of him kissing Van Ness on the cheek—on the night of the main Emmy Awards on September 18.

“Date nights are slightly more formal than anticipated…. #emmys2018,” Froneman wrote.

On Tuesday night, he uploaded another loved-up image of him and Van Ness, writing: “Had the most wonderful time at the Netflix afterparty with my beautiful man…”

Van Ness, meanwhile, also posted about him and Froneman attending the Emmy Awards on Tuesday night—again with his rumoured boyfriend kissing him on the cheek.

“Love him @froners & my best friend @mookers77 for being there for me ,” Van Ness wrote.

Froneman is a rugby player for gay-inclusive Gotham Rugby. (froners/Instagram)

A South African in New York

On his Instagram bio, Froneman describes himself as a “South African in NYC,” as well as a “dog dad” and a “unicorn enthusiast,” who is “kinda ginger.”

Froneman, who has a seizable 29,000 followers, also describes himself as “Always proud ️‍ .”

Adorably, he  includes a link in his bio to a website selling Van Ness’ “Own it, gorg!” t-shirts.

He frequently posts topless snaps of himself. (froners/Instagram)

Rugby player

Froneman is also a rugby player for gay-inclusive club Gotham Rugby in New York City—and he regularly posts topless shots of himself and his team.

“Just casually ice bathing, trying to breath… as one does…,” write Froneman in one photo.

Froneman played at the Bingham Cup in June. (froners/Instagram)

He went to the Bingham Cup—widely known as the “gay rugby world cup”—in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in June. Four women’s teams took part at the event for the first time this year.

The biannual Bingham Cup was established in 2002 in memory of gay rugby player Mark Bingham, one of the passengers who fought back against hijackers on United Airlines Flight 93 during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

More: Emmy Awards, Jonathan Van Ness, queer eye, US, Wilco Froneman

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