Sunday 23 July 2017

'I'd love us to be the next Richard and Judy' - Lorraine Keane and husband Peter

Peter Devlin and Lorraine Keane at the launch of the Olcote in Ceylon boutique hotel at House on Leeson St
Peter Devlin and Lorraine Keane at the launch of the Olcote in Ceylon boutique hotel at House on Leeson St
Peter, Romy and Emilia Devlin with Lorraine Keane at the annual Marks & Spencer St Patrick's Day breakfast in the M&S Grafton Street Rooftop Café. Picture: Kieran Harnett
High powered: Peter Devlin and Lorraine Keane

Sean O'Grady

She has dreams of forming TV's next power couple, but Lorraine Keane's husband Peter is not so hot on the idea of being dragged into the limelight.

Dubliner Lorraine (42) is best-known for her role as the main anchor on Xpose, which she hosted until 2009 before departing to focus on raising daughters Emelia and Romy.

High powered: Peter Devlin and Lorraine Keane
High powered: Peter Devlin and Lorraine Keane

Peter has made his living as a musician with The Devlins and as a DJ, but unfortunately for his wife he harbours no desire of following her into a career on the small screen.

"I want us to be the next Richard and Judy when we grow up, but he doesn't, unfortunately," said Lorraine.

Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are Lorraine's inspiration (WHSmith/PA)
Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are Lorraine's inspiration (WHSmith/PA)

"We've done a radio show together once - we covered for Sean Moncrief. It was great craic and we really loved it, so I'd love something like that.

"Peter has his radio show on Radio Nova and he got nominated for a PPI award, so he's kind of overlapping into my business a little bit."

Peter, Romy and Emilia Devlin with Lorraine Keane at the annual Marks & Spencer St Patrick's Day breakfast in the M&S Grafton Street Rooftop Café. Picture: Kieran Harnett
Peter, Romy and Emilia Devlin with Lorraine Keane at the annual Marks & Spencer St Patrick's Day breakfast in the M&S Grafton Street Rooftop Café. Picture: Kieran Harnett

Lorraine admitted she worries about ageing and what the future holds. "Of course I worry about it, absolutely. Doesn't everybody? It's much nicer to be a young person than an older person," she said.

"One of the things I would look forward to about getting older, and I see this now even at my age, is that I feel I don't sweat the small stuff as much. I don't suffer fools."

Peter Devlin and Lorraine Keane at the launch of the Olcote in Ceylon boutique hotel at House on Leeson St
Peter Devlin and Lorraine Keane at the launch of the Olcote in Ceylon boutique hotel at House on Leeson St

The former UTV Ireland presenter hopes to travel the world with Peter when she's retired, but admitted that will be a long way off with her spending habits.

"I look forward to when I'm retired and myself and Peter can travel, but I like handbags and shoes, so I'll be working for quite some time," she said.

Lorraine recently became an ambassador for Cleanmarine MenoMin, a multivitamin that helps alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. The mum-of-two said she was surprised to be asked to be the face of the brand, given she is not going through menopause.

"I nearly fell off the chair when they asked me," she said. "I was a bit shocked, I was going, 'Really, me? Why would I pretend to be 51?'

"But they said it's not just about menopause, it's about perimenopause which happens when your fertility changes as a woman. It can happen as young as 35. Usually from early 40s would be the average."

Lorraine is also focusing on touring with her Keane on Style workshops - the first one took place last Sunday at the Radisson Hotel in Galway.

"I'm nervous. The tickets are €75 but the goodie bags are worth over €100, and with that they get food, wine, bubbles and all of that expert advice," she said.

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