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‘I don’t love Mark any less because we’re not married’, says Michelle Doherty

Published 14/10/2015 | 11:24

Michelle Doherty
Michelle Doherty
Michelle Doherty at the Irish Premiere of The Hit Producer at Movies at Dundrum
Michelle Doherty while pregnant in 2014
Michelle Doherty and partner Mark O'Shea
New mother Michelle Doherty, with help from her baby Max. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Michelle Doherty in The Hit Producer

TV presenter turned actress Michelle Doherty (36) has said she’s in no rush to wed as she’d “rather put the money into a house”.

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The former Xpose host, who took over for Aisling O’Loughlin during her maternity leave from 2013 to 2014, is currently trying her hand at acting.

And after taking her own maternity leave to mark the arrival of her first child Max (14 months), she said that she and long-term partner Mark O’Shea aren’t prioritising a wedding.

“The thoughts of spending that much money on a wedding! I’d rather put that into a house and education for Max, which costs a fortune,” she told Independent Style.

Michelle Doherty and partner Mark O'Shea
Michelle Doherty and partner Mark O'Shea

“I don’t love Mark any less because we’re not married. Eventually, we’d love to get married one day.

“As long as me and Mark are together – that’s all that matters.”

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Michelle said she is the happiest she’s ever been since welcoming the new arrival. “I wanted to take a year with the wee man. I wanted a baby for so long and I wanted to cherish every moment.

“When he goes to bed, I miss him. I stand over him every night while he’s sleeping – it’s the most amazing thing. People say you’ll never experience love like it and it’s so true.”

Michelle is currently starring in Irish film The Hit Producer, a project which was largely crowd-funded, playing Katelin, an aspiring filmmaker turned hitwoman whom she describes as a “real bitch”.

“It’s just been brilliant, I’m taking on a character I’d never have anything in common with,” she explained.

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Michelle Doherty in The Hit Producer
Michelle Doherty in The Hit Producer

“She’s a nasty piece of work. She starts off really sweet, trying to get money for a film and her whole world gets turned upside down.

“That’s what I love about acting – you push the boundaries to do the character.”

Doherty, who rose to prominence as a DJ on Phantom FM (now TXFM) before turning to tv presenting, moved to London last year and said she has no immediate plans to return to our shores.

“We’ll definitely stay here for a few years, Mark has a good job here,” she added.

Michelle Doherty at the Irish Premiere of The Hit Producer at Movies at Dundrum
Michelle Doherty at the Irish Premiere of The Hit Producer at Movies at Dundrum

“I found it quite lonely at first, you don’t have your support network and I really missed that part. But everything is just so handy and it’s a great city.”

The Hit Producer will be in select Irish cinemas from October 15

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