Monday 26 June 2017

We asked a body language expert to analyse these Irish celebrity couples

(L to R) Rosanna Davison and Wesley Quirke, Pippa O'Connor and Brian Ormond and Amy Huberman and Brian O'Driscoll
(L to R) Rosanna Davison and Wesley Quirke, Pippa O'Connor and Brian Ormond and Amy Huberman and Brian O'Driscoll
Brian McFadden and girlfriend Danielle Parkinson
Thalia Heffernan and Ryan McShane at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017
Wesley Quirke and Rosanna Davison at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017
Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews in Dublin
Storm and Ronan Keating
Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor outside the Late Late Show
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

We all know there's more than meets the eye, but for body language expert Darren Stanton (aka the Human Lie Detector), nothing escapes his gaze.

So in the name of fearless journalism, we asked him to analyse the body language of some of Ireland's best known celebrity couples and the results are pretty fascinating.

Brian McFadden and Danielle Parkinson

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Brian McFadden and girlfriend Danielle Parkinson
 

The first thing that strikes me in this photo is the fact that the pair are clearly very comfortable in their relationship. He has his hands in his pockets so there's no pretense for the cameras of embarrassing PDA with some showbiz couples. 

Both are displaying genuine smiles shown by the fact that both their faces are fully engaged. Often smiles are the most fake expression, but here we have a couple very happy in the moment and she is leaning in to him so they are physically close, which means that they have reached a point in their relationship where they know each other very well.

Brian Ormond and Pippa O’Connor Ormond

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Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor outside the Late Late Show
 

This picture is quite interesting, it’s very different to Brian McFadden. It seems a lot more formal. He has his hands in his pockets which can sometimes be a sign of slight anxiety or uneasiness.

His posture is turned slightly left and tucked in behind her. This could mean a number of things - he is giving her the limelight, however he is definitely not the dominant one in this picture.

Look at the difference in her body language. She is standing square on to the camera as if to say "bring it on". She is flashing a big beaming genuine smile which is so much more obvious. Her feet are spread which is an unconscious gesture to make the space the body is taking up so much more as if to say, this is my space.  I believe her to be the much more dominant person in the relationship.

Wesley Quirke and Rosanna Davison Quirke

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Wesley Quirke and Rosanna Davison at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017
 

This is a typical showbiz pose for the cameras. Not much is being given away by him as he’s at right angle to her, she is showing a typical showbiz smile which a little forced. It’s totally posed for shot - she is looking at the paps rather at him. They are clearly happy in each other’s space.

Storm and Ronan Keating

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Storm and Ronan Keating
 

This is a really interesting picture: Ronan is clearly comfortable in his own skin. He looks at ease -  after all he is a showbiz veteran now  - and has seen it all before. He’s standing boldly square for the camera with a genuine smile.

Storm is looking slightly less comfortable and she is standing tightly against Ronan, perhaps for reassurance? Her head and shoulders are tucked in which is a submissive gesture saying its Ronan’s space and limelight.

Thalia Heffernan and Ryan McShane

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Thalia Heffernan and Ryan McShane at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017
 

This photo is saying 'look at me'! He has on a very bold and unique suit and clearly has the confidence to pull it off. His legs are apart denoting confidence as well as a big huge face engaging smile – he’s every part the showman and determined to be centre of attention.

She is standing at a right angle in a very revealing dress and obviously extremely extroverted - these two are no shrinking violets, it’s almost as if each of them are trying to outshine the other for centre stage. A very well-matched couple.

Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews

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Vogue Williams and Spencer Matthews in Dublin
 

It’s a slightly less easy picture to assess largely due to the fact she is on crutches, however this is a couple that are confident and comfortable in their own skin and do not have to be on top of each other in terms of proximity. What you see is very much you get with these two.

Spencer’s attention seems to be drawn to something or someone has he has a very quizzical expression on his face.

Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman

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Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman at Wimbledon 2016
 

Brian and Amy are both displaying genuine smiles and appear calm and relaxed in this environment. Both are standing in the same position together, which we call 'matching and mirroring', which says both are in deep rapport with the other in this moment. They both have similar feet position again, saying, 'This is us, take us or leave us'. They are very comfortable in their skin.

Darren was speaking on half of Four Star Pizza's annual honesty campaign for World Honesty Day, namely Irish peoples preference for the "little white lie"

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