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Yvonne Connolly: Healthy models like Roz are a great influence for Irish girls

Published 19/07/2015 | 08:11

Yvonne Keating, now Connolly
Yvonne Keating, now Connolly

Former model Yvonne Connolly, the ex-wife of Ronan Keating, has said she wished she knew more about health and nutrition in her youth as she spent years existing on bad diets.

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Before she married Boyzone singer Ronan, the Naas native worked prolifically as a catwalk and editorial model during the 1990s.

Yvonne Keating was all smiles as she attended the Irish premiere screening of Jurassic World at The Savoy Cinema,O Connell Street,Dublin
Picture: Brian McEvoy
Yvonne Keating was all smiles as she attended the Irish premiere screening of Jurassic World at The Savoy Cinema,O Connell Street,Dublin Picture: Brian McEvoy

Now an ardent cook and baker, the mum-of-four admits she had no idea back then about what constituted a healthy diet.

"With the cards I was dealt and the genes I received I just physically could not put on weight," she told the Irish Sun on Sunday.

Ronan Keating and wife Yvonne pictured modeling at a recent Brown Thomas fashion show. Picture: Arthur Carron/KCP
Ronan Keating and wife Yvonne pictured modeling at a recent Brown Thomas fashion show. Picture: Arthur Carron/KCP

"And I had a very bad diet at the time it was all energy - sugar, sugar, sugar all the time, nothing healthy - and I've a much more balanced diet now."

"I'd no relationship with food. Food was just there to keep me going."

Roz Purcell
Roz Purcell

Yvonne, who reverted back to her maiden name of Connolly earlier this week, praised models such as Roz Purcell for promoting a more healthy lifestyle.

"These girls are very well known, they influence young people and they're role models so thankfully the message they're passing on is not just about being skinny, it is eating well, working out and it's the whole package, " Yvonne said.

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