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Georgina Ahern says she's too shy to follow husband Nicky Byrne into TV career

Laura Larkin

Published 16/05/2015 | 11:01

Nicky and Georgina took time out in Portugal before Nicky's The Hit TV debut.
Nicky and Georgina took time out in Portugal before Nicky's The Hit TV debut.
The happy couple enjoyed a holiday in together before Nicky's debut on The Hit
Nicky and Georgina on All Star Mr and Mrs in 2012. Picture:ITV
Nicky Byrne of Westlife and wife Georgina Ahern
2fm Presenters Jenny Greene and Nicky Byrne pictured at the Rte 2fm Summer launch at Rte Studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Pictures : Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use

Georgina Ahern has no plans to follow her husband to the bright lights of the TV studio because she freezes in front of the camera.

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The stylish mum-of-three said her brief brush with the small screen made her realise that TV wasn't for her.

She took part in the ITV game show All Star Mr and Mrs with other half Nicky a few years ago.

"I remember when we did Mr and Mrs I thought 'well it's about us, it will be easy to chat', and it was really good fun but, I felt so aware of my voice," she said.

Nicky and Georgina on All Star Mr and Mrs in 2012. Picture:ITV
Nicky and Georgina on All Star Mr and Mrs in 2012. Picture:ITV

"My voice just got quieter and quieter and I just thought it's not for me.

"Nicky was thriving but it's not for me - I was shrivelling," she joked.

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Gym fan Georgina said that the only type of show she would consider is a fitness show. "If I was moving and doing something then maybe I would be less conscious," she continued.

Nicky Byrne of Westlife and wife Georgina Ahern
Nicky Byrne of Westlife and wife Georgina Ahern

The daughter of ex-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, she and Nicky have three children together: twins Jay and Rocco (8), and toddler Gia (1).

They met when Nicky was still touring with Westlife and he is currently working on a solo album with songs he has written himself.

Unsurprisingly, Georgina (36) is his biggest fan.

"Obviously I'm going to say it, but it is amazing," she said of his upcoming album. "We sing the songs in the car with the boys."

Georgina Ahern at The Cari Charity Summer lunch hosted by Miriam Ahern at The Shelbourne Hotel,Dublin
Georgina Ahern at The Cari Charity Summer lunch hosted by Miriam Ahern at The Shelbourne Hotel,Dublin

The album is a mix of up-tempo and slower styles, Georgina revealed, and she is dying for people to hear it.

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"I think it shows his personality. It's quite sweet and sexy at the same time," she told the Herald.

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"Some of them I wouldn't catch on to as much, but they are all really good."

Georgina was speaking at the annual CARI charity summer lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel hosted by her mum Miriam.

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A string of stylish ladies stepped out to raise funds for the children's charity, including RTE's Nuala Carey and model boss Andrea Roche.

"I don't go to as many of these things as people think," quipped weather presenter Nuala.

"I always try to come to the summer one, it's very good fun but for a very good cause, with a serious message at the heart of it."

CARI hoped to raise some €15,000 on the day which will go towards providing counselling services for children.

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