Tuesday 26 September 2017

Aisling O'Loughlin: 'I haven't started dating again - I have enough to be doing'

Aisling O'Loughlin
Aisling O'Loughlin
Aisling O'Loughlin pictured with Nick MacInnes, and their sons Louis (three), Joseph (seven months) and Patrick (five)
Nicholas MacInnes and Aisling O'Loughlin at the launch of the exclusive limited edition Carmen Explorer bags, which have been designed exclusively by Irish designer Pauric Sweeney for Carmen wines at the Little Museum of Dublin on Stephens Green. Picture: Peter Houlihan

Sean O'Grady

Aisling O'Loughlin has revealed her break-up from partner Nick MacInnes has "cured" her of romance.

The former TV3 presenter is newly single but she has no interest in joining the dating scene anytime soon and wants to focus on her career for the foreseeable future.

"Oh God no, I haven't started dating again. I'm cured of romance. I have enough to be doing," she said.

The former couple are parents to Patrick, Louis and Joseph and called it quits at the end of last year after several years of dating.

Aisling O'Loughlin pictured with Nick MacInnes, and their sons Louis (three), Joseph (seven months) and Patrick (five)
Aisling O'Loughlin pictured with Nick MacInnes, and their sons Louis (three), Joseph (seven months) and Patrick (five)

Despite the split, they have remained good friends and Nick makes regular visits to Aisling's home to spend time with their boys. The pair are determined to keep things as normal as possible for them in the coming months.

The former Xposé presenter recently opened up about the break-up on The Ray D'Arcy Show, but was careful to avoid reading any negative comments after her most recent appearance on the small screen.

"It was nice to be over in RTE, it's very nice over there. I don't read the comments. I got a lovely reaction on a personal level," she told the Diary.

"I'm back on social media now, I have to be with the website. I know all the buttons people can press and I won't entertain it. I'm not here to entertain somebody."

Nicholas MacInnes and Aisling O'Loughlin at the launch of the exclusive limited edition Carmen Explorer bags, which have been designed exclusively by Irish designer Pauric Sweeney for Carmen wines at the Little Museum of Dublin on Stephens Green.
Picture: Peter Houlihan
Nicholas MacInnes and Aisling O'Loughlin at the launch of the exclusive limited edition Carmen Explorer bags, which have been designed exclusively by Irish designer Pauric Sweeney for Carmen wines at the Little Museum of Dublin on Stephens Green. Picture: Peter Houlihan

Since departing TV3, Aisling has focused her energies on her new lifestyle website Exquisite.ie.

The Clare woman works from home in an office and admitted it can sometimes be a struggle to keep the operation going by herself.

"A lot of my ideas are things that I'm interested in anyway and have been for all of my life. I do brainstorming sessions.

"I'm a culture vulture, I love the arts. I love fashion and beauty too," she said.

"I go to other people for ideas, I'm on the phone a lot. Some days, you don't have any ideas but you've got to figure it out and have a look around at what's happening and go from there."

The venture has become a full-time job for Aisling, who would like to see it turned into a TV series one day.

"I'd like to see a lot more videos on it so I need to sort that out. I want to hone it. I would like it to be a show itself," she said.

The mum-of-three has hit the ground running with her new business and has taken to networking with other industry insiders to make her website the best it can be.

"You can never beat getting out and meeting someone," she said. "It's invaluable to meet people and talk to their face and have a chat and get to know them a bit better."

Herald

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