KATHRYN THOMAS’s new man is getting used to life in the limelight.
After his identity was finally revealed at the weekend, Padraig McLoughlin has been coming to terms with his new-found fame.
“You kind of try and keep things under wraps until it's the right time for everyone but listen it's out now and he's sort of getting used to it – all of it,” Kathryn told the Herald.
But the 34-year-old was quick to rectify a few truths about her man.
She said: “There are all sorts of things being printed.
“He's not from Mayo for starters, he's from Mullingar.”
The pair attended the People of the Year awards on Saturday night but they entered the venue separately with Kathryn walking the red carpet on her own.
But once inside the couple were spotted chatting animatedly with host Grainne Seoige's parents.
Grainne has received some criticism for her comments regarding murdered Garda Detective Adrian Donohoe.
The broadcaster told his widow Caroline that Adrian was “a fine thing”. But Kathryn says she felt Grainne's comments were entirely appropriate.
“I thought she did an amazing job and, as always, handles herself so professionally in sensitive situations,” said Kathryn.
“Caroline wasn't fazed by it at all, I didn't think it was inappropriate at all.”
Kathryn went on to say she and Padraig had a fantastic time at the awards ceremony and danced the night away.
“We had a great night. It's such an emotional night and so many well-deserved winners,” she said.
When told they made a handsome pair Kathryn quipped: “Even at that hour of the night?” Padraig is a well-known restaurateur and runs Hugo's with his ex-wife.
And although he's something of a culinary whizzkid, Kathryn says he has yet to rustle her up anything in the kitchen.
“I haven't tasted many of his dishes at this stage – as I said it's early days,” she said.
Kathryn was speaking at the launch of RTE's Big Music Week which celebrates the very best of home-grown musical talent by bringing live performances.