Sunday 25 June 2017

Des Bishop splits with Beijing-based girlfriend after nearly two years

Des Bishop.
Des Bishop.
Des Bishop and Giulia Dotta dancing a Cha-Cha. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
TV show: Des Bishop with his Dancing With The Stars partner Giulia Dotta
Des Bishop on Dancing With The Stars Ireland
Amanda Byram with Des Bishop and Giulia Dotta as they await the judges’ verdicts. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
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Des Bishop has split with his long-term girlfriend after nearly two years together.

The Irish/American comedian (41), who is currently waltzing his way to further fame on Dancing With The Stars Ireland, had been seeing Chinese actress Xuan Xuan whom he met in 2014 when he moved to Beijing to start a new chapter in his life.

According to the Sunday World, he is back on the singles market as he and Xuan split before Christmas due to the long distance and she was experiencing problems with acquiring a visa.

"It was always a long distance relationship from when I left China," Des told the Sunday World.

Des Bishop on Dancing With The Stars Ireland
Des Bishop on Dancing With The Stars Ireland

"It was impossible to continue, so what you going to do - that's life. It's a pity.

"We got on great, but even when we were together, we'd have a major visa drama and her visa was rejected once to go to the States. It was just a major hassle in every way.

"I still keep in touch with her, there's just nothing we could do."

"I'm free and single at the moment," he added.

Des Bishop and Giulia Dotta dancing a Cha-Cha. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Des Bishop and Giulia Dotta dancing a Cha-Cha. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Des is winning rave reviews for his turn on DWTS Ireland and is paired with professional Italian dancer Giulia Dotta.

Bishop, who moved back to Ireland in 2015, said he's "always been a broody guy" and said he still hopes to settle down and have a family one day.

"I wanted to have children from my early 20s, it just didn't happen," he told the Irish Independent in 2015.

"I get tired even thinking about starting. That's the one thing, when you're older, you don't have the same energy."

"But yeah, I guess I'll have kids. Because I've had to nurture two parents through illness, there's also a part of me that thinks, you don't want to be on your own when you're old, you want to have people around.

"So it's a selfish reason. It's innate, part of who we are. But if it didn't happen I wouldn't feel like my life is worthless."

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