Barry Egan - Vogue and her life with Brian
Barry Egan wonders what brought the couple's three-year marriage to an end
Published 12/07/2015 | 02:30
Vogue's marriage to Brian McFadden is over. She's on her own journey now. Eight years ago, Vogue brought me on a unique journey around Rome, on the back of a Vespa going around The Coliseum. In a ridiculous homage to Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday Vogue, like Audrey in the movie, was filled with joie de vivre.
Earlier, on the plane over to Italy for the Sunday Independent's LIFE magazine with some of the Irish models in tow, Vogue, then just 22, was playful, light-hearted and just brilliant fun to be around. Those qualities remain but she is also ambitious and hardworking.
Born on October 2, 1985, Vogue is a hilarious young woman; her stories are frequently told at her own expense, which tells you something about her.
On that trip to Rome, Vogue recalled a work placement as a teenager in London.
"I was running for a bus on a very busy street, iPod and tea in hand, then my ankle went and I fell flat on my face. I was just going to walk it off but then saw the bus, full with early-morning commuters on it, waiting for me to catch up. I had to drag myself off the ground, pick up my stuff and walk towards the bus, but to make things worse I had ripped the knees in my jeans and they were bleeding, so I could only walk very slowly and when I eventually got to the bus, people started clapping. It was very embarrassing," she said.
Anyone who knows Vogue well will tell you she has the inner strength to get up from the end of her marriage to Brian McFadden. Looking at the pictures of her last week coming out of the gym and getting into a Land Rover, the TV star doesn't exactly look like she is picking up the broken pieces of her shattered life. Her self-esteem doesn't appear in tatters.
She has a strong network of family and friends for support .
When Vogue told her mother that, after a holiday with Brian in Australia, she was going to move there with him, "she nearly died! My family were really worried about me. I had just come out of a long-term relationship as well. So they all thought that maybe I was losing the plot a bit."
They got engaged in Perth in November, 2011 at a Dave Stewart concert and were married on September 2, 2012, in a castle in Florence, Italy, with Brian's two daughters from his first marriage to Kerry Katona, Molly and Lilly-Sue, as "mini-bridesmaids".
Any time I talked to Vogue it seemed to be always her who was doing everything: getting a flat in the East End of London for them to live in, doing it up, having a house-warming party. I got the impression she spent more time in Howth with her sister and her mother than in England with Brian.
Nobody knows other than Vogue and Brian why their marriage ended, but from the outside looking in it seemed like Vogue was doing all the running. Who knows? Was Brian too much of a manchild?
Again, no one, but no one, knows why Brian and Vogue broke up. But Christmas two years ago, I sat in 37 on Dawson Street with Vogue and for the laugh, I asked her what they argued about.
"Oh, I had an absolute freaker at him today, because he likes to wake up really late and we had a meeting at 11.30 am.
"And at 11 o'clock he decides he wants to iron his shirt. So we fight about things like that."
"You know what?" she laughed. "It is quite difficult at times. I feel I have had a three-year journey of teaching Brian how to fend for himself. So he is doing well now. He is able to pick up after himself."