Sunday 25 September 2016

'I thought my a**e was going to come out of my trousers' - Sinead Kennedy on the moment Richard Branson lifted her up

Published 23/10/2015 | 10:39

Richard Branson and Sinead Kennedy pictured this morning at the RDS with Magnus Ternsjo CEO of UPC Ireland. Picture: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin
Richard Branson and Sinead Kennedy pictured this morning at the RDS with Magnus Ternsjo CEO of UPC Ireland. Picture: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

RTE Presenter Sinead Kennedy was lost for words when Virgin founder Richard Branson lifted her in his arms in front of a live audience and an army of photographers earlier this month.

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The popular presenter was hosting a Q&A with the billonaire at the RDS in Dublin, marking the rebranding of UPC as Virgin Media.

However, on the IFTA red carpet yesterday evening, the Winning Streak presenter revealed what caused her the greatest concern during the somewhat controversial incident.

"I'll be honest, the only thing I was thinking was 'oh good God, my a**e is going to come out of my trousers.'

"Those are tailored pants. I wasn't expecting it obviously at all. I hadn't googled: 'Does Richard Branson like to randomly pick people up', so I wasn't expecting it," she said.

The 30-year-old Cork native said when she had the suit tailored, she was a few pounds lighter, so was mainly concerned she would drop her cue cards and would find it difficult to scoop them back up.

"Thankfully they didn't rip, but that's all that was going on in my head," she said.

Richard Branson is no stranger to picking up A-lister out of the blue, having already scooped-up Dita Von Teese, Delta Goodrem and Kate Moss.

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