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'Music helped me get over split with Laura Whitmore', says Danny O'Reilly

Published 14/07/2014 | 09:49

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Danny O'Reilly and Laura Whitmore at the 2012 IFTAs
Danny O'Reilly and Laura Whitmore at the 2012 IFTAs
The couple pictured together in 2011
The couple pictured together in 2011
Danny is lead singer of The Coronas
Danny is lead singer of The Coronas

Danny O'Reilly has spoken of the emotional toll his break-up with Laura Whitmore took on him.

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The MTV presenter broke up with The Coronas frontman two years ago, when he was touring Europe with his band, who just signed to Island Records.

Laura was just about to jet off to Australia to host I'm a Celebrity: get Me Out of Here!  NOW! on ITV2.

According to The Irish Daily Star, Danny found "therapy" in gigging.

The couple pictured together in 2011
The couple pictured together in 2011

"When I did go through the break-up, at the time we were touring around Europe just after it happened, and thank God for that," he said.

"It definitely made it a bit easier for me that we were on tour and busy and getting that therapy every night playing music.

"Even though all the songs were about the person I had just broken up with, it was still okay.  I would have moments like that where I was a bit emotional for a bit of a song.  But you get on with it and thankfully the gig gets you through it."

However, these days he says that while some songs are still bittersweet he thinks of them differently now.

"Sometimes I look back at songs that were happy songs about the start of the relationship and they are bittersweet," he said.

"I look at them from a different angle now.  I think, 'Oh God, that was nice when I felt that way.  I thought everything was so simple.'  But I think that's just the price you pay as a songwriter.

"I will always be totally honest with lyrics and I will never try to write about politics or anything like that."

Danny has also reportedly written songs about Laura for the band's new album which will be released later this year.

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