Friday 30 September 2016

Ronan Keating says he regrets his affair with dancer: 'I hurt people and I'm sorry for that'

Published 05/02/2016 | 08:34

Ronan Keating
Ronan Keating
Ronan Keating, Yvonne Keating, Jack Keating, Melissa Keating and Ali Keating attends the Emeralds & Ivy Ball in aid of Cancer Research UK and the Marie Keating Foundation at Supernova on December 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)
Ronan Keating and Storm Uechtritz arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London.
Ronan Keating and ex wife Yvonne Keating celebrate their 10th Wedding Anniversary at Shanahans on The Green on April 30, 2008 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)
Ronan Keating and Storm Uechtriz attend the Amanda Wakeley show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 on September 22, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
Ronan Keating and his ex wife Yvonne arrive at "ASDA's Tickled Pink: Girls Night In" charity concert raising funds for Breast Cancer Care, at the Royal Albert Hall on September 19, 2004 in London. (Photo by Will Conran/Getty Images)
Storm with Ronan Keating's children in 2013
Ronan Keating and wife Yvonne Keating in 2011

Ronan Keating said he regrets his much publicised affair in 2010, when he was married to ex-wife Yvonne Connolly.

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The Boyzone singer (38) was married to the former model for 14 years when news of his affair with backing dancer Francine Cornell came to light.Then Ireland's golden couple, they split immediately after, but reunited briefly before eventually parting ways for good in 2011. He wed tv producer Storm Uechtritz (38) in August of last year.

Keating has largely avoided the topic in recent years, but told the Telegraph "nobody should have an affair" and is proud to have come out the other end when it comes to his children.

"Nobody should have an affair," he said. "If you’re man enough to have the balls to go home and say, ‘Sorry, this isn’t working any more’, that’s the ideal situation, isn’t it? But we’re weak. We don’t do that. So yes, I hurt people and I am sorry for that hurt, but the outcome is I found Storm and I’m very grateful. But I’m saying I’m sorry.”

Ronan Keating and ex wife Yvonne Keating celebrate their 10th Wedding Anniversary at Shanahans on The Green on April 30, 2008 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)
Ronan Keating and ex wife Yvonne Keating celebrate their 10th Wedding Anniversary at Shanahans on The Green on April 30, 2008 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)

The Dubliner added that he has "always been quite an insecure person", saying: "Storm makes me feel secure. It’s very refreshing. I haven’t had that before. I’ve always had to work to feel reassured, to feel secure, and that’s not nice because you don’t know where you stand. I put up a front to make people think I had all of this confidence in myself, which I didn’t."

He and Yvonne have three children together Jack (16), Missy (14) and Ali (10) and Ronan said he's proud of being a "good dad" and he's had "conversations" with them about "what we’ve come through as a family."

"I’m a good dad. I’m proud of that."

The crooner first introduced his new wife to his children when he was based in Australia working as a judge on The X Factor Down Under in 2011.

Ronan Keating and his ex wife Yvonne arrive at
Ronan Keating and his ex wife Yvonne arrive at "ASDA's Tickled Pink: Girls Night In" charity concert raising funds for Breast Cancer Care, at the Royal Albert Hall on September 19, 2004 in London. (Photo by Will Conran/Getty Images)

"They love her. I spoke to the kids about getting married and they were incredible: ‘Yes dad, whatever makes you happy.’ I asked Storm to marry me and then got the four of us together and we said, ‘Storm will you marry us?’”

Ronan Keating and Storm Uechtritz arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London.
Ronan Keating and Storm Uechtritz arriving at the National Television Awards 2016 held at The O2 Arena in London.
Storm with Ronan Keating's children in 2013
Storm with Ronan Keating's children in 2013

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