CBB: Who is Kim Kardashian's best friend Jonathan Cheban? ALL you need to know!

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With rumours Jonathan Cheban is set to enter Celebrity Big Brother tomorrow night, his name will surely be on everyone's lips. We know him as Kim Kardashian West's best friend and a frequent guest on Keeping Up With The Kardashians and its various spinoffs.

But what else is there to know about the 41-year-old New Yorker?!

Jonathan Cheban, Kim Kardashian and Jason Binn attends A Night of Style & Glamour to welcome newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries at Capitale on August 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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With his BFF Kim.

1. He met Kim by accident

Jonathan and Kim met before Keeping Up With The Kardashians had started, when they were seated next to each other at a friend's birthday dinner. "We got on instantly. She's the sweetest girl in the entire world so after that we just started talking," he says.

2. His trade is PR

He has a degree in communications and founded Command PR, which worked on high profile events for the likes of J.Lo and Janet Jackson. He also co-formed Network PR, which had clients like Backstreet Boys and Playboy. Prior to that jobs included being a researcher at The Late Show with David Letterman and a booker at a modelling agency.

3. He had his own reality show

Executive produced by Kim, reality show The Spin Crowd premiered on E! in 2010 and followed Jonathan and a group of fellow publicists as they represented big clients in Hollywood. It gave a behind the scenes look at how LA is run but was axed after one series.

Kim Kardashian and Jonathan Cheban arrive at Victorias Secret Show after party >> at LIV at Fontainebleau on November 14, 2008 in Miami Beach, Florida (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

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With Kim in 2008 - before her mega fame.

Johnathon Cheban attends the Global Spin Awards at PlayStation Theater on November 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage)

© Shareif Ziyadat/WireImage

In 2015.

4. He was once accused by Kim of leaking stories about the family

In an episode of Kourtney and Khloe Take The Hamptons in 2014, Kim accused him of leaking a story she'd told him about Kourtney and a therapist. She even demanded to see his phone so she could browse his recent contacts. Jonathan denied it, saying: "You're really pissing me off right now. You are a bitch. That is really disgusting. I'm leaving. Go f**k yourself."

5. His T-shirt line was launched thanks to Jessica Simpson

Jonathan's celebrity T-shirt line Clarendon was given a boost when Jessica Simpson wore one on an episode of Newlyweds. He told The Observer: "When I saw that episode, I was like, 'We just had a 20-minute ad!'" Other supporters of his line included Fergie and Lindsay Lohan.

6. He was flour bombed in 2011

While leaving a store in New York, he was flour bombed by a fan of Kim's ex-husband Kris Humphries. A man chucked the flour over Jonathan while shouting, "This is for Kris Humphries." Kris condoned the attack, while Jonathan told Us Weekly: "I think it's pathetic that someone would go to this length to show their support for someone. With fans like that, who needs enemies?"

7. He's back together with girlfriend Anat Popovsky

Jonathan met stylist Anna back in 2013 and they dated for a year before splitting in 2014. However, in November last year they were spotted on holiday together, confirming the romance is back on. A source told Daily Mail: "He missed her and wanted to give the relationship another try. They have so much in common and an undeniable chemistry that it was inevitable." Anat flew to London with him ahead of his CBB appearance.

Jonathan Cheban and Anat Popovsky attend the Art of Fusion on Star Island at Miami Beach on December 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Haute Living)

© Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for Haute Living

With girlfriend Anat.

8. He is a total foodie

As well as posting numerous mouth watering foodie snaps to Instagram, he owns a Japanese restaurant in Miami and a burger joint in New York. He's also had offers for further restaurants as far afield as Dubai. In a recent interview, he said he wants to make his Burger Bandit venture a global enterprise.

9. His sexuality was questioned on TV

Kim's then-husband Kris Humphries once suggested that Jonathan might be gay, which prompted a Kourtney and Kim Take Miami! storyline about his sexuality. Kim noted she never really spoke with Jonathan about his private life and decided to set the record straight by asking him: "What is your preference? Girls, guys, what?"

10. He's not afraid of getting into a celebrity feud

Jonathan always has his bestie Kim and her family's back which means he's quite willing to stand up to anyone who disses her. He lashed out at Amber Rose and Blac Chyna last year after their comments on Kylie Jenner and Tyga, telling RadarOnline: "Kylie's young, they're not. They are bullies." Jonathan also slammed Naya Rivera as a Kim K wannabe when Naya criticised Kim's nude Paper magazine shoot, and told Mad Men's Jon Hamm to mind his own business after Jon said: "Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated."

11. He once appeared on Millionaire Matchmaker

After splitting with girlfriend Anat, he turned to reality TV in a bid to find love, appearing in a 2013 episode of Millionaire Matchmaker. "I need a perfect ten!" he told host Patti Stanger. "I'm begging you to find me somebody special."

THE MILLIONAIRE MATCHMAKER -- 'The Know-it-All and The Bigger Better Berman' Episode 702 -- Pictured: Client Jonathan Cheban -- (Photo by: Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

© Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Appearing on Millionaire Matchmaker in 2013.

12. He is really rather rich

In his submission video for Millionaire Matchmaker, the former PR guru valued his net worth at around £5 million!

13. He was targeted by a knife-wielding man in a restaurant

Jonathan had been dining with friends at a sushi restaurant in New York in May 2014 when a man with a pocket knife approached him yelling his name. According to reports, Jonathan's security guard ended up punching the man to allow his client to escape unharmed. The same man later tried to stab two New York policemen and was shot dead.

Paris Hilton and Jonathan Cheban during Celebrity Sightings in South Beach - August 27th, 2004 at South Beach in Miami, Florida, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)

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With Paris Hilton in 2004.

14. He founded TheDishh.com

Jonathan channelled his Hollywood expertise into gossip and lifestyle website The Dishh, which brings users the latest news on celebrities, food, tech products and more. The website frequently runs stories on the Kardashian Jenner clan. (Obvs he has the inside scoop!)

15. He has more famous friends than just Kim

In an interview with The Observer back in 2004, Jonathan spoke about pals at the time including Mary Kate Olsen, Paris Hilton, Mischa Barton, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie. He said: "When you deal with a lot of people and a lot of people know you, it becomes a little bit of a hassle. You walk in and end up saying hi to 50 people who want to talk about nonsense. That's why I like to go out with celebrities who get a lot more attention than me. I kind of hide behind them a little bit. It's a good decoy."

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