Tuesday 24 January 2017

'I thought I'd never find love again after my marriage ended,' reveals Claire Byrne

Sharon McGowan

Published 28/09/2015 | 07:54

Claire Byrne is as cool, calm and collected as a Hitchcock blonde. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Claire Byrne is as cool, calm and collected as a Hitchcock blonde. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Claire Byrne on set at RTE.
Gerry Scollan and Claire Byrne at the 3rd Annual Bloomsday Ball in aid of National Maternity Hospital Holles Street
Gerry Scollan and Claire Byrne last summer

She's happily engaged and a doting mum to two young kids, but Claire Byrne has said she wasn't hopeful about finding love again and starting a family after her first marriage ended.

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The current affairs broadcaster (40) divorced ex-husband Richard Johnson in 2005 and admitted she had convinced herself she wasn't going to wed again.

"I'd resigned myself to the fact that I might not get married again and might not have children and I was fine with that," she said. "What was the point of me sitting at home and crying myself to sleep into my pillow?"

Instead of feeling sorry for herself, the broadcaster spent time in the States "not caring" about her romantic prospects.

Claire Byrne on set at RTE.
Claire Byrne on set at RTE.

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"I went to Nashville. I had a brilliant two years wandering around and having fun and I like to think that, as a consequence of not caring, it all happened for me," she said.

When Claire met her fiance Gerry Scollan, with whom she has son Patrick (1) and baby daughter Jane, she realised he was "the one" for her very soon after they started seeing each other.

"I didn't know straight away, but after the first date I did know," the blonde said.

Gerry Scollan and Claire Byrne at the 3rd Annual Bloomsday Ball in aid of National Maternity Hospital Holles Street
Gerry Scollan and Claire Byrne at the 3rd Annual Bloomsday Ball in aid of National Maternity Hospital Holles Street

"I had been around quite a while at that stage. I think at one stage I would have hated people to say 'When you know, you know' - but that was how it worked out.

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"We had so many similarities in our background - size of family, rural upbringing, the values we were raised with."

The Laois native also admitted her personal relationships were part of the reason why she left Twitter, as she was fed up with trolls commenting on her love life.

Gerry Scollan and Claire Byrne last summer
Gerry Scollan and Claire Byrne last summer

"I found there was idiots saying personal stuff to me that I just didn't need to hear. Without wishing to give them oxygen they were very personal about my relationships," she said.

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