Friday 26 May 2017

'No hard feelings' as MMA star Cathal Pendred splits with model Michele McGrath after four years

Cathal Pendred and Michele McGrath
Cathal Pendred and Michele McGrath
Michele McGrath and Cathal Pendred at Jodie Wood's wedding
Cathal Pendred, Michele McGrath. Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Michele McGrath has split from long-term partner Cathal Pendred.

The leading model and singer (29) and her former MMA boyfriend called time on the relationship after four years, the Herald has learned.

A close source confirmed the pair were no longer together and had split up "shortly before Christmas time".

"There's no hard feelings there, they've had a brilliant few years together but the relationship just ran its course," said the source.

Cathal Pendred, Michele McGrath. Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM
Cathal Pendred, Michele McGrath. Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM

"They're both busy with their own projects and the split was totally amicable. It's just one of those things."

A well-known couple in Ireland's celebrity circles, the photogenic pair had been sharing a house together in Drumcondra and things appeared to be going strong between them since they got together in 2012.

Although they preferred to keep their relationship out of the spotlight, they had appeared inseparable over the past few years and even shared a pet dog named Ringo.

A photo that Michele posted of her other half even went viral in 2014 after he was pictured rescuing a beached dolphin at Doonbeg, Co Clare.

Michele McGrath and Cathal Pendred at Jodie Wood's wedding
Michele McGrath and Cathal Pendred at Jodie Wood's wedding

The pair were at a wedding at the time, when Cathal spotted the troubled mammal and carried it back to safety in a shot that was even shared by blogger Perez Hilton.

An ardent supporter of Cathal's fighting career, Michele regularly attended his bouts before his decision to retire from the ring in November 2015 in order to focus on his acting and business ventures.

He became an investor in healthy restaurant chain Chopped and also started to make quite an impression Stateside, appearing in hit TV series Ray Donovan, based on an Irish-American boxing family.

He also got a coveted role in the new Baywatch movie, thanks to his impressive physique and natural good looks.

Cathal looked set to follow in the footsteps of stars such as The Rock, who went from fighting to acting.

Michele has also been busy in recent times, between modelling and singing with female vocal band Liir.

Michele, who was once in a band called Industry with chef Donal Skehan, has also been working with Sonia Harris' PR agency.

But the pair had not posted any pictures of themselves together in recent months, prompting speculation that the relationship may be over.

Prior to Cathal, Michele dated hunky Welsh rugby player Mark Siddons, but they split in 2012.

Michele declined to comment about parting with Cathal.

Herald

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