Keating no more: Yvonne goes back to her maiden name of Connolly
Published 16/07/2015 | 08:20
Mrs Keating no more.
The model-turned-chef is once again going by the name Yvonne Connolly (41) after her split from ex-husband Ronan Keating four years ago. But said she has taken her time in making it official in order to ensure her children were happy with the decision.
The couple split after 12 years of marriage in 2011 and both have moved on with new relationships, with Ronan set to marry fiancee Storm Uechtritz in Scotland next month and Yvonne dating cameraman John Conroy.
"Unofficially I've been Connolly for a while, but I suppose when I first said it to my kids they hadn't really come to terms with it," she told the Herald.
"One of them struggled with it. It seems like an obvious thing for someone to do, to go back to their maiden name, but for kids their mom isn't going to have the same name as them so they did struggle with it a little bit.
"So I just didn't change it officially until they were ready for me to do that and had come to terms with it."
And the popular tv personality said she can relate to the interest in Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams' split, having gone through a similar experience with her high profile divorce with Ronan.
"I had no idea, I thought it was very sad, especially after three years," she said.
"I think it's probably tough for them and I'm sure ideally they'd love their privacy, but they're both in this business and they've been in it for a long time and that goes with the territory."
Yvonne (40) was on hand to launch a new range of jams and marmalades from Irish brand Chivers.
"I've always been interested in baking but I did the Cooks Academy course for a month and I kind of wish I could go back and do MasterChef again now - the skills I learned there were incredible," she said.
"At first I was just doing photocalls and now I'm collaborating with brands."