Thursday 27 November 2014

The Edge: No Welsh rarebit for Amanda

TV Star Amanda Byram said she and Welsh TV presenter Gethin Jones are just mates
TV Star Amanda Byram said she and Welsh TV presenter Gethin Jones are just mates
REUNITED: Jim Corr rekindles romance with stunning model ex, Rosie Boyle (inset, photo: Jerry McCarthy)
HOT STUFF: Former Dragons’ Den star Norah Casey is dating Dublin firefighter Peter. Photo: Tony Gavin

Me and Mr Jones, we got a thing going on? It would appear not.

I have it directly from the -- very beautiful -- horse's mouth. Amanda Byram has categorically told me that her reported new relationship with Gethin Jones, the ex-fiance of operatic chanteuse Katherine Jenkins, is a myth.

Because the tale was over the tabloids all last week about Amanda dating the debonair Welsh TV presenter -- and even flying to Los Angeles with him -- I contacted her in LA, ostensibly to wish her congratulations.

"Really... REALLY?!" she shot back straight away late on Tuesday night. "If you've ever believed a word I have said to you in the past -- you will believe me when I say -- we are HONESTLY TRULY just mates!"

In any event, the 40-year-old Irish TV star, who broke off her engagement to rugby star Craig McMullen in 2012, deserves true love. Memo to Amanda: you won't find it in La La Land.

Jim Corr's back duetting with his ex

A diarist's ears require more music than most (to bring you good stories, you fools). So the words Jim Corr are always guaranteed to cause a bit of pricking up of my shell-likes. The fact that he is working on a long-awaited new album? Interesting, certainly -- but not going to have you lose your pearls in the cornflakes.

That pleasure is to be retained for my news that the male of the Corr species, who once dated former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche, is in the early stages of a second-time-round romance with Rosie Boyle, PR girl/beautiful model with the Alison Campbell Model Agency in Belfast. They were at the ACA (the model agency) Christmas party at the 21 Social nightclub on Hill Street in Belfast last month with Alison Campbell and her famous golfing husband Darren Clarke, but some weeks before that they were together in Vanilla nightclub in Donnybrook.

And as I said, long before that, (2009 to be precise) Rosie and Jim were together. That, alas didn't work out but they obviously remained close.

Now they are in the process of rekindling the lost spark of love. Multi-talented Jim was an emotional rock for Rosie when her father James Boyle died of lung cancer on February 17, 2011.

"Jim was a great friend to my father and helped me deal with his death -- he saved me and brought me out of the dark place I was in," Rosie told me, adding that she is working on a TV documentary about inspiring women in their 40s that will also feature her VBF, Mrs Clarke, among others.

"Jim is a lovely guy, very humble and very misjudged," said Rosie, one of the organisers of Miss Northern Ireland, who hails from Donegal. "His mother was from Donegal too [Jean died of a rare lung condition in November 1999] and he loves Donegal."

They spend a lot of time in each other's company. So much so that a friend of the new couple told me: "They are very, very close, and taking it very, very slow."

The mole in Belfast added. "They wouldn't confirm anything but it is pretty obvious that there is definitely a real spark there between them."

Apparently, lots of people get born that never got born before at the beginning of the year.

Like Victoria Mary Clarke, partner of the timeless -- and at this stage, virtually liverless -- partyboy Shane MacGowan. She celebrated her birthday last Saturday night. In town? Well Shane wanted to stay home in Sandymount so Victoria went to see The Delivery Man at The Odeon with her best mate, Sarah Leahy. (Sarah, just back from four months in New York, is the significant ex of John Ryan, who has decamped to Berlin where he is running Broadsheet.ie.)

Or then there's Zoe Rocha -- who is only dying to spend her upcoming birthday at home. Well she does live in London. The newlywed daughter of John Rocha tells me that "there is no place like home".

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