Sunday 26 October 2014

Mum-of-three Yvonne happy to wave goodbye to her model life at 40

Eimear Rabbitte and Laura Butler

Published 18/02/2014 | 07:33

SHE has been hailed as one of the country's most beautiful women and is still looking runway-ready.

However, despite insisting she feels "fabulous at 40", Yvonne Keating reckons she's too old to model.

The mum-of-three told the Diary that she has put that part of her life firmly behind her.

And even though Yvonne knows some of her fans will always think of her as a catwalk queen, she's happy not to get back in front of the camera for photoshoots too often.

Yvonne proved that she can still party as if she's in her 20s following her no-holds-barred birthday bash, but she said that when it comes to sashaying down the runway, she will leave that to young guns like Thalia Heffernan and Co.

Instead the glamorous fashionista is hoping to continue to build her writing career and even lined up X Factor judge and Mayo music mogul Louis Walsh as another interview victim.

CREATIVE

The former wife of Boyzone star Ronan Keating first made her name as a model and with her willowy figure and naturally slim frame she never found jobs too difficult to come by.

However, she is already turning her attention to writing and has been flexing her creative muscles with her new contributor slot for Woman's Way magazine. Yvonne also hit TV screens in 2013 after appearing on RTE's reality cooking show Celebrity Masterchef and enjoying a slot on hit ITV breakfast show This Morning in the UK.

Yvonne's first magazine interview was with Cecelia Ahern, a great friend of hers, who spearheaded her recent 40th birthday bash.

CELEBRATING

Next on Yvonne's list is music mogul Louis Walsh.

"I was delighted when he agreed to be my next interviewee. It's really fun, a lot more time-consuming than I thought, but great," she said.

Yvonne, who is still loved-up with her boyfriend of over a year, cinematographer John Conroy, insisted she's feeling "fantastic" after leaving her 30s and celebrating turning 40 two weeks ago.

The mum to Jack (14), Missy (12) and eight-year-old Ali is on the hunt for a new pad after herself and Ronan decided to put their Malahide mansion on the market and quickly secured a buyer who matched the ¿2.5m asking price.

But Kildare-born Yvonne insisted she wants to remain in the area with her children and is hoping to set up home elsewhere in Malahide.

"The kids want to stay in Malahide and the other priority is a fresh start," she said.

Her former husband Ronan is based in London with new love Storm Uechtritz.

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