Monday 21 August 2017

Grainne Seoige says it was a 'relief' to move to South Africa where she is not recognised

Grainne Seoige. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Grainne Seoige. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Grainne Seoige struggles with a stir-fry at the launch of ‘The Restaurant’ Picture: VIPIreland.com
Grainne Seoige at the launch of the new series of The Restaurant
Grainne Seoige at the IFTA Gala Television Awards 2016
Grainne Seoige out and about in Dublin in 2011
2008: The Seoige sisters - Grainne in a flowing red and blue gown, Sile in a leopard print maxi dress - were the real stars of the night.
Grainne Seoige and fiancé Leon Jordaan

Sean O'Grady

Grainne Seoige has revealed it was a "relief" to move to South Africa where she is not recognised by members of the public.

The TV presenter moved to Pretoria to be with her fiancé, rugby coach Leon Jordaan, and found her new found anonymity to her liking.

"I love it. It's such a relief," she said.

"Don't get me wrong, I love being in Ireland, and I love when Irish people come up and say 'hi', because Irish people are so friendly.

Grainne with fiancé Leon Jordaan Picture: Gerry Mooney
Grainne with fiancé Leon Jordaan Picture: Gerry Mooney

"But the writing about your private life, I struggle with. Being away gives me a break from that."

The Galway native pointed out that just because she had a career on camera as one of Ireland's most well-known TV star's, doesn't mean she enjoys being well-known.

"I think people find it quite hard to believe that someone who is on the TV could be introverted," she told VIP Magazine.

"I went into it because I wanted to be a journalist. Just because I am on TV does not mean I am comfortable being in the public eye. It's no secret that I've always struggled with it, and with the focus on my private life."

Grainne Seoige out and about in Dublin in 2011
Grainne Seoige out and about in Dublin in 2011

Seoige said she and her fiancé of three years have "every intention" of walking up the aisle, but their main focus is their new diamond business.

"I think it would be very stressful to get married now when everything is so new in the business. I want to enjoy that day when it comes, I really do. And I want to be very, very relaxed and I think if we did it now, the day wouldn't be as much fun as I want it to be. So we'll let everything settle, then we'll organise the 'big day'."

Although she gushed over her joy at her relationship, she said she doesn't think of herself as an "ambassador for second time around".

"I think everyone has their own story and their own journey and I am just very grateful for where I am and for the relationship I am in."

Grainne Seoige at the IFTA Gala Television Awards 2016
Grainne Seoige at the IFTA Gala Television Awards 2016

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