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Thursday 18 September 2014

Nadia's music career takes centre stage at festival gig

Published 04/08/2014 | 08:35

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Nadia Forde Photo: Tony Gavin
Nadia Forde Photo: Tony Gavin

SHE'S been in the headlines more for her rumoured relationship with Rory McIlroy than her music lately, but Nadia Forde got back to business over the weekend.

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The model-turned-singer took to the main stage at the Brighton Pride festival on Saturday to entertain ticket-holders with her upbeat pop songs.

It was the Dubliner's debut live performance in the UK, and wearing her hair down, brunette Nadia delivered a high-octane rendition of her single BPM while being lifted into the air by a group of shirtless dancers.

X Factor winner Sam Bailey was another act to take part in the event.

Also enjoying Pride over the past couple of days were DJ Vogue Williams and her husband, ex-Westlifer Brian McFadden.

After singing at the festival, 24-year-old Nadia spent her time mingling in the Preston Park venue with friends.

Her appearance came weeks after she was involved in a car accident.

The ex-girlfriend of Ireland and Leinster rugby player Luke Fitzgerald was left in shock and said she was lucky to be alive after her car flipped on a motorway in London last month.

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As she carves out a career for herself as a musician, Nadia's personal life has been in the spotlight.

It was alleged that she and golfer Rory were an item after meeting through mutual pal Katie Larmour - who's engaged to Rory's best friend, fellow golfer and publican Harry Diamond - earlier this year in trendy Dublin bar and restaurant 37 Dawson Street.

However, half-Italian Nadia has maintained that she and Rory are just friends.

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