Thursday 30 March 2017

Jennifer Zamparelli on her ex selling a kiss and tell story: 'He made me sound like a legend'

Jennifer Zamparelli
Jennifer Zamparelli
Jennifer Maguire and Lau Zamparelli
Jennifer and her husband Lau Zamparelli
Jennifer Maguire at the VIP Style Awards shortly after giving birth.
Jennifer Zamparelli's daughter Florence
Jennifer Maguire with her husband Lauterio Zamparelli
Jennifer and Lau Zamparelli in New York
Jennifer and Lau Zamparelli's daughter Florence
Jennifer Zamparelli posing to perfection at the IFTA 2012 Awards.
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

RTE star Jennifer Zamparelli has opened up about her ex-boyfriend selling a story about her to a British tabloid after her time on The Apprentice.

The popular broadcaster (36), who is now happily married to Italian actor Lau Zamparelli, shot to fame on the UK version of the reality show searching for Sir Alan Sugar's future business protege in 2008.

At the time, her ex-fiancé sold a kiss and tell story about her. She previously described the relationship ending as a "lucky escape" and reflects on the time with her trademark wit.

"Well he made me sound like a legend. I sounded all frisky and sort of promiscuous and badass. Luckily Lau was cool about it. If there's a bad story, I reassure my family it will blow over," she told the Irish Daily Mail's You Magazine.

Jennifer Maguire and Lau Zamparelli
Jennifer Maguire and Lau Zamparelli

"In this business, if they say you're amazing, don't take it personally and the same if they say you're s**t. You're never as good or as bad as anyone thinks."

Meanwhile, the Breakfast Republic host, who welcomed daughter Florence in 2015, said she still experiences 'mummy guilt' but said she wants her daughter to know she has a mother "who works hard".

"There's still a lot of guilt, but I'm getting better. If she does something, like if she hits me, I think it's because I'm working. If she's having a tantrum, I'm like, 'Oh it's Sunday, she knows I'm back in work tomorrow'. Then if I say something on air I shouldn't it's because I've got bird bran as I've had no sleep so they both blame each other.

"It's getting easier and I like the fact that she'll know she has a mother who works hard - that's what I tell myself anyway."

Jennifer Maguire with her husband Lauterio Zamparelli
Jennifer Maguire with her husband Lauterio Zamparelli

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