Wednesday 2 September 2015

REVEALED: Holly Carpenter's 'mystery man' is friend's boyfriend

Published 30/07/2014 | 08:47

Holly Carpenter & Mark Newman
Holly Carpenter & Mark Newman
Holly Carpenter
Model Holly Carpenter seen having coffee with friends outside Clement & Pekoe on South William Street, Dublin
Holly Carpenter
Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter arrive at a reception at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park this afternoon to honour the Six Nations winning Irish Rugby team. Picture Colin Keegan/Collins

When you're a newly single top model, you're bound to be linked to more than a few names.

Independent Style can reveal that newly single Holly Carpenter is still very much that, and the 'mystery man' she was photographed with yesterday is in fact her friend's boyfriend.

Holly Carpenter
Holly Carpenter

The former Miss Ireland was yesterday pictured with hunky solicitor Mark Newman, who has been in a relationship with celebrity stylist Courtney Smith for several years.

Courtney and Holly were working together on a fashion slot for TV3's Xpose in Dublin city centre when Mark decided to pop by and say a quick hello to his other half.

Courtney Smith
Courtney Smith

Holly confirmed on Sunday that she and her boyfriend of two years, rugby player Cian Healy, had split.

It was reported that the pair went their 'separate ways' after deciding they were both 'too young' to settle down.

Courtney and boyfriend Mark Newman
Courtney and boyfriend Mark Newman

"Holly's only 22 and she's been with Cian for over two years now. A lot of her friends are single and just having fun, while they're in their 20s and in this serious relationship," a source told the Herald.

"It had just run its course. There's absolutely no hard feelings there."

Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter
Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter

The break-up came like a bolt from the blue as the couple appeared smitten with each other.

They were spotted hanging out together in St Anne's Park in Clontarf only a few weeks ago as they walked Cian's pug Ted, showing no sign that anything was amiss.

The couple aren't long back from a sun-filled holiday in Gibraltar, where they kept their followers up-to-date with all their antics on Twitter.

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