Sunday 23 July 2017

Exclusive: Model Holly Carpenter enjoying new romance with The Coronas frontman Danny O'Reilly

(Left) Holly Carpenter and (right) Danny O'Reilly
(Left) Holly Carpenter and (right) Danny O'Reilly
Model Holly Carpenter at a Littlewoods event l in The Dean, Harcourt Street
Holly Carpenter, Cian Healy
The Coronas frontman Danny O'Reilly
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Top model Holly Carpenter is smitten by her new beau, The Coronas lead singer Danny O'Reilly.

The Herald can reveal that the former Miss Ireland is dating again after her split last year from Ireland rugby hero Cian Healy.

Now she has been spotted enjoying the company of Laura Whitmore's former boyfriend.

But a pal said that Holly (24) is taking it slowly with The Closer To You singer as they get to know each other better.

Model Holly Carpenter at a Littlewoods event l in The Dean, Harcourt Street
Model Holly Carpenter at a Littlewoods event l in The Dean, Harcourt Street

"It's been going on for a few weeks now and things have been going well," said a source.

"He's really busy with the band. They're in Australia at the moment touring and she's flying it with her modelling career, so it's still early days.

"But they've lots in common and are just taking it as it comes."

Read more: Rugby ace Cian Healy back with ex-girlfriend Laura on Dubai holiday

Danny is lead singer of The Coronas
Danny is lead singer of The Coronas

This is the first time that Holly has been linked with anyone since her high- profile split from Leinster player Healy.

The beauty queen dated the prop for two years before they decided to go their separate ways in July last year.

Dublin rocker Danny (29) shared an apartment with ITV's Whitmore while they both lived in London before they finally called time on their relationship in 2012.

They had a brief reconciliation in 2013 after being spotted out together before calling it quits for good.

Holly Carpenter, Cian Healy
Holly Carpenter, Cian Healy

The son of singer Mary Black wrote songs in the wake of the split and said that touring was like "therapy" for him.

"When I did go through the break-up, at the time we were touring around Europe just after it happ-ened, and thank God for that," he said.

"It definitely made it a bit easier for me that we were on tour and busy and getting that therapy every night playing music. Even though all the songs were about the person I had just broken up with, it was still okay.

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The Coronas frontman Danny O'Reilly and former girlfriend MTV star Laura Whitmore
The Coronas frontman Danny O'Reilly and former girlfriend MTV star Laura Whitmore

"I would have moments like that where I was a bit emotional for a bit of a song, but you get on with it."

The pair have managed to remain good pals, even though Laura described the break-up as "one of the lowest points of my life".

The former MTV host was filming I'm a Celebrity… in the jungle at the time.

"That was really, really hard," she said. "I went through that massive break-up while I was doing live TV on the other side of the world.

"At the end of the day I was just a girl who was really hurt."

She has since been linked to Sons of Sunset rocker Rory Williams.

Meanwhile, Healy has reunited with former girlfriend Laura Smith.

The pair first got together when they were in school, but split in 2012 when Laura moved to New York to pursue a career in advertising. The couple were spotted together in Dubai after Ireland's exit from the Rugby World Cup.

Herald

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