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'I put my life, soul, heart, money, earnings, everything into that house - it's heartbreaking' - Twink breaks down at prospect of losing family home

Published 22/07/2015 | 10:36

Twink in studio at RTE Radio 1 with Brendan O'Connor
Twink in studio at RTE Radio 1 with Brendan O'Connor

Twink has revealed she faces the prospect of selling her family home, a Georgian house in Rathfarnham, Dublin, as she is struggling financially.

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Speaking to Brendan O'Connor on RTE Radio 1, the popular entertainer broke down as she spoke about how "heartbreaking" it would be to lose her house, which has, in recent years, become a "financial crucifix".

"It’s untenable to think that I can hold on to that on my own," she said.

"I absolutely love that old building.  If I didn’t I’m a smart enough woman to know the grief it’s caused me I’d be well out of it by now if I didn’t adore it."

The southside property is where she raised her daughters Chloe (25) and Naomi (21) with her ex-husband David Agnew.

"You never own a big Georgian house like that, you’re the custodian of it for a period of time in your life. As custodian of it I absolutely love it, I put my life, soul, heart, money, earnings, everything into that house.  It was the home I bought my children up in, was married to David in," she revealed.

Twink in studio at RTE Radio 1 with Brendan O'Connor
Twink in studio at RTE Radio 1 with Brendan O'Connor

"[People say] ‘Oh you should just sell it’ but it’s not that easy. If it was I’d be gone in the morning."

Twink, whose real name is Adele King, also revealed that she has considered the prospect of selling up and moving to a more manageable property.

"I have looked at smaller places to try and downsize and get rid of the financial crucifix it is.  But anyone who owns an old house or listed building will tell you it’s like the film The Money Pit.  There’s a humorous side to it as well as the dour side," she said.

"Short of winning the lotto... I mean, don’t get used to me not being in the papers about it because I always will be.  It’s a cross around my neck."

However, with the property market in Dublin currently slowing down, she said the house would not be that easy to sell.

"People are not exactly jumping out of the hedgerows to buy a big old Georgian house in Rathfarnham these days.  So even wanting to sell it is not that easy," she said, adding, "And I don’t want some opportunistic boy with deep pockets to snatch it for 11 pence after all my work on it either."

The 64-year-old star was pragmatic about her predicament but broke down when she said she foresees having to sell her beloved home.

"The banks are the banks, they’re owed money, they’re owed money.  That’s not their problem, that’s my problem," she said. 

"I’m working all the hours God gave me to sort of keep it week to week, month to month.  And that’s literally the way it is. I foresee having to part with it which will – Oh my God, I can’t even talk about it – break my heart, break my heart."

Adele, who also spoke to Brendan about her burgeoning cake baking business, said that the house had always been on her radar, even as a child growing up in the local area.

"When I saw the distressed state the house had gone into years ago I remember thinking, ‘God if I had that old house, what I would do with it’ and I did so it’s heartbreaking," she said.

"It’s a complex matter.  I don’t see myself out of the courts or the papers in the immediate future, short of winning the lotto, like everybody says."

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