Tuesday 6 December 2016

'I wouldn't want to be called a jersey puller' - Holly Carpenter is open to another rugby romance after ex Cian Healy

Published 12/09/2015 | 08:50

Holly Carpenter and ex Cian Healy
Holly Carpenter and ex Cian Healy
Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter.
Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter arrive at a reception at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park to honour the Six Nations winning Irish Rugby team. Picture Colin Keegan/Collins
Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter
Holly Carpenter pictured at The Unilever Personal Care Summer Festival at The Morrison Hotel, Dublin

Model Holly Carpenter said she wouldn't rule out dating another rugby player - but don't call her a "jersey puller".

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The former Miss Ireland (24) dated Irish rugby star Cian Healy for two years and said she regrets how public she was during their time together.

The pair dated the Leinster and Ireland star from 2012 to 2014 and said that she didn't seek her ex out because of his celebrity status, but she wouldn't avoid another athlete in future. 

During their romance, Holly often shared loved-up snaps of the two on holidays and at home and the pair were regularly pictured together at red carpet events.

Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter
Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter

“I was in a very public relationship, so there were always loads of pictures of us together on my social media,” she told VIP Magazine.

“And when the relationship was over, those pictures were brought back up and published everywhere, and you kind of think, ‘I wish I was a bit more private about things’.”

Despite her regrets, she says it wouldn’t put her off dating another sports star in the future, although she doesn’t want to be known as a “jersey puller”.

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Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter arrive at a reception at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park to honour the Six Nations winning Irish Rugby team. Picture Colin Keegan/Collins
Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter arrive at a reception at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park to honour the Six Nations winning Irish Rugby team. Picture Colin Keegan/Collins

“I didn’t really go out looking for it when I started dating Cian; it just happened,” she added.

“I wouldn’t want to be called a jersey puller or anything and I wouldn’t be yearning for it.

“I’d never judge someone based on their career though, and I wouldn’t like to think someone would do that with me.

“So I suppose if someone was a nice guy and that’s what they did, then yeah fine, but I would make sure to keep things a bit more private this time,” she added.

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The pretty brunette, fresh from a weekend of outlandish costume changes at Electric Picnic, explained that her goal would be following in the footsteps of fellow model Nadia Forde and heading for the jungle in I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of here.

“I’d love to get into TV. I’d love to get into reality shows; that would be my goal,” she said.

“My ultimate would be I’m a Celebrity...Get me Out of Here.

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Holly Carpenter pictured at The Unilever Personal Care Summer Festival at The Morrison Hotel, Dublin
Holly Carpenter pictured at The Unilever Personal Care Summer Festival at The Morrison Hotel, Dublin

“I’d eat whatever they gave me and try to do anything that was put to me.”

Previous contestants have had to eat everything from crickets to cockroaches to spiders.

“I think I’d have so much fun with it,” she added.

The 23-year-old has an agent in London and says appearing on reality shows would “be a great way to meet producers and get a foot into that industry”.

“And I think whenever you go on a UK show, representing Ireland, there’s a really great response at home and it would be something that I’d be really proud of,” she said.

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