Wednesday 26 July 2017

Claudine Keane opens up about the 'working class' family values she instills in her children

Claudine and Robbie Keane with sons Robert Jr and Hudson
Claudine and Robbie Keane with sons Robert Jr and Hudson
Claudine Keane at the launch of SPAR’s summer advertising campaign showcasing its ‘Better Choices’ initiative. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
His wife Claudia and son Robert watch him in action at Euro 2016 Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
Claudine and Robbie Keane with their son Robert in Los Angeles
Claudine and Robbie Keane with their sons Robert Jr and Hudson
Claudine and Robbie Keane's sons Robert Jr and Hudson
Joanne Palmer and Claudine Keane at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Hail the golden couple: Robbie and Claudine Keane
Robbie and Claudine Keane at the Three FAI International Football Awards 2017. Picture: Kieran Harnett

Sasha Brady

You'd expect Claudine Keane's life to be full of the laid back perks associated with Beverly Hills living, but the model insists she's hands on when it comes to her home life.

Despite their glamorous lifestyle, fancy postcode and host of famous friends - including the Beckhams - Claudine and husband Robbie are committed to raising their children to be self-sufficient.

The model said that she doesn't rely on outside help, such as chefs and nannies, when it comes to maintaining her Beverly Hills home. And she insists she's especially hands on when it comes to the kitchen.

"I cook, I always have. Rob cooks too and we actually both really enjoy it. We love to sit down with our kids for a family meal. That's a really nice part of the day." she said.

His wife Claudia and son Robert watch him in action at Euro 2016 Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile
His wife Claudia and son Robert watch him in action at Euro 2016 Photo: Stephen McCarthy / Sportsfile

"And we always try to get the kids involved. We try to get them to eat what we're eating. We've been very actively doing that for years, just to see if we can inspire them to eat fish or all these things they typically don't want to try... within reason or within compromise."

Claudine explained that a lot of their famous friends are hands-on when it comes to their home life, something that she said "surprises" a lot of people.

"You have to remember that football is a very working class sport and people have their philosophy of family life. Rob has always grown up with his mum and his dad participating in the meals and family life and I think the guys like to instill that in their kids.

"I let the kids help me cook and they add little ingredients. They love the ones that are messy, especially the flour or whatever is going to cause the most destruction. When they cook food they want to eat it so we try to get them involved that way."

Hail the golden couple: Robbie and Claudine Keane
Hail the golden couple: Robbie and Claudine Keane

The couple have been living in LA since 2011 but with Robbie out of contract from LA Galaxy, the family are eyeing a move to a different part of the world.

While nothing has been confirmed yet, Claudine said they're looking forward to a new chapter in their lives but are enjoying their time in Dublin before the big move.

Joanne Palmer and Claudine Keane at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Joanne Palmer and Claudine Keane at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2017 at The Marker Hotel Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"We've a great community in Malahide. The kids do lots together, they're really into sports and I love that part of it. We're missing a little bit of that in LA because you have to set up play dates and people are coming from everywhere to school. I miss the close-knit community at home."

Claudine Keane was speaking at the launch of SPAR’s summer advertising campaign showcasing its Better Choices initiative.

Claudine Keane at the launch of SPAR’s summer advertising campaign showcasing its ‘Better Choices’ initiative. Pic. Robbie Reynolds
Claudine Keane at the launch of SPAR’s summer advertising campaign showcasing its ‘Better Choices’ initiative. Pic. Robbie Reynolds

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