'Leaving Xpose was the best thing I ever did' - Lorraine Keane
Published 12/10/2016 | 08:05
The entertainment news show, which premiered in 2007, recently culled three of its presenters to make way for newbie hosts Cassie Stokes and Ruth O'Neill.
Lorraine (43) was part of Xpose's original presenting team and fronted the show before Karen Koster took over as main anchor.
The mum-of-two departed the series in 2009 to focus on raising her two daughters Emelia (13) and Romy (9).
"I think change is a good direction for anyone. I left Xpose seven years ago to spend more time with my girls and it was such a difficult decision to make, but I knew I'd regret it if I missed those early years. It was the best thing I ever did," she said.
Even after leaving the show, Lorraine sometimes feared she was not doing enough for her daughters.
"Even after I left Xpose I felt like I could have been doing more with the girls. I was always worrying and over-analysing," she said.
"Now I'm just happy to muddle through and if I can get them out with clean clothes and food in their lunchbox, job done."
With Emelia having entered the teenage years, the TV star is hoping things don't change too much.While Lisa Cannon, Peter O'Riordan and Aisling O'Loughlin may have been upset after being axed from Xpose, former host Lorraine Keane reckons leaving the show was the best decision she ever made.
"Everything is the same. Nothing has changed so far. Hopefully that'll continue," she told VIP Magazine.
"I think we'll be OK though. I always said to the girls, 'Please don't grow up.' and Romy would say to me, 'Don't worry mommy, I'll always be your baby.'
"Emelia still tells me she loves me all the time," she said.
Lorraine is married to musician Peter Devlin and revealed their opposing personalities compliment each other well.
"The one thing I love about Peter is that he's so easy-going and relaxed, because I need that. And the one thing that drives me mad at times is the fact that he's so easy-going. But if I was with someone like me, there'd be killings. It's like yin and yang," she said.
The former UTV Ireland star is taking some time away from TV and is focusing on her fashion workshops, Keane on Style.