Monday 5 December 2016

Brian McFadden on coping with splits: 'I pretend they don't exist'

Published 25/07/2016 | 14:58

Vogue Williams and Brian McFadden
Vogue Williams and Brian McFadden
Vogue Williams with Brian McFadden's daughters Mollie and Lilly Sue
Vogue Williams and Brian McFadden at the VIP Style Awards 2014
Brian and Vogue were inseparable
Brian McFadden, Vogue Williams McFadden in 2013
Brian McFadden with daughters Mollie and Lilly and estranged wife Vogue Williams.
Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams

Brian McFadden said he has figured out the best way to cope with a split - pretending they don't exist.

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The former Westlife singer (36) ended his marriage to model Vogue Williams last June and said they no longer speak.

The couple split after nearly three years of marriage and they remained in the headlines for their amicable post-split relationship, even living together for months after and they were posting pictures together as recently as February.

But it looks like it's over for good and he said both parties have moved on.

Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams
Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams

"I'm not in contact with Vogue. Not anymore. I think before there may have been some unfinished business but we have both now moved on," he told Loose Women on ITV.

As for how he moves on from the end of a long-term relationship, he said: "I can switch straight off away. Instead of mourning somebody, I train my head to imagine they don't exist. Simple things like unfollowing them on social media, getting rid of all pictures, anything that would remind me of them and just carry on with life.

"Except for Kerry because I have got children and that is different."

When asked if he wanted it as if they never existed, he answered: "I don't want them to be dead, not at all."

Brian and Vogue were inseparable
Brian and Vogue were inseparable

"What's the point of sitting there and crying? You need to move on."

Vogue also said she will no longer be talking about her romantic life after speaking candidly about her relationship with her ex-husband in the wake of their divorce news.

"I'm not going to talk about relationships any more, because it just backfires on me all the time," she explained to Weekend magazine. "It's giving too much of myself away and leaving me open to more opinions when I don't particularly want them."

Meanwhile, McFadden also opened up about his relationship with his two daughters Molly (15) and Lily Sue (12) after moving back from Australia in 2014.

Brian McFadden with daughters Mollie and Lilly and estranged wife Vogue Williams.
Brian McFadden with daughters Mollie and Lilly and estranged wife Vogue Williams.

McFadden originally moved to Sydney to be with ex-fiancé Delta Goodrem and pursue his career there for seven years before returning home to Ireland.

"I moved to Australia and so I did spoil them more," he said on ITV's Loose Women.

"It was almost like I was trying to buy their affections, but when they get older you can't. They can smell it and play on it.

"The girls would start to regularly text me and each time they were looking for something."

He has previously said how me he "hated" being so far away from his daughters with first wife Kerry Katona, saying he was "missing all the growing up".

"Now I'm back we can do whatever we want," he continued.

"Even during the week we take them to the cinema or go bowling because they're only about half an hour from my house now which is brilliant."

And he keeps spoiling at bay now by teaching his daughters the value of money.

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