Sunday 24 September 2017

RTE star Diana Bunici: Moving to London has nothing to do with Kodaline rocker Steve

Diana Bunici
Diana Bunici
Diana Bunici and her brother Daniel
Diana Bunici
Diana Bunici
Diana Bunici went for simple elegance in her navy silk gown.
Diana Bunici
Diana Bunici
Diana Bunici
Blathnaid Treacy, Emma O'Driscoll and Diana Bunici pictured at the launch of the new RTE Television schedules for Autumn/Winter 2013/14 at RTE, Donnybrook. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Diana Bunici

Elaine McCahill

Presenter Diana Bunici has brushed off reports that she moved to London to be closer to her other half, Kodaline front man Steve Garrigan.

Diana and Steve have been dating for several months but the bubbly TV star says her relationship did not influence her decision to leave Irish shores.

Diana and Steve
Diana and Steve

“I don’t know where that came from,” she told the Diary. “Steve and I don’t live together. I live on my own in my own studio apartment and I like that.

“I moved to London for myself and to peruse my career. It’s my own personal adventure.”

Read more: EXCLUSIVE: London Calling for RTE star Diana Bunici as she pursues career dreams

Kodaline frequently tours but Diana said Steve’s hectic schedule is not an issue in their relationship. “He is a busy guy and he does travel but we get to see each other and I’m happy.”

Diana Bunici at the opening night of Elf the Musica at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Diana Bunici at the opening night of Elf the Musica at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre

The chatty brunette says it is taking some time getting used to the fast pace of London. “I am still working it out and it is a challenge,” she said. “It’s one thing when you visit a place but it is totally different when you are living here. But I really love it.”

 The 25-year-old fronted RTE children’s TV show Elev8 for five years but is ready to leave the world of kids TV behind her.

“It was a fantastic show to be part of and I learned so much from it but I think I’m ready to step away from kids and explore different avenues,” she said.

“I love travelling, so doing a show like Getaways would be amazing. I’m also a fan of shiny floor entertainment show so I want a piece of every pie.”

Kodaline's Steve Garrigan performs at O2 Dublin. Photo: Colm Kelly
Kodaline's Steve Garrigan performs at O2 Dublin. Photo: Colm Kelly

Diana would also be interested in following Vogue Williams and Angela Scanlon to develop a documentary as part of RTE’s Reality Bites series.

Since she touched down in London Diana has been running around to various meetings with TV big wigs.

“I have had a couple of meetings with different producers and production companies,” she said.

“I have had really positive feed back – I think a lot of people are surprised to hear that I have 270 hours of live TV hosting experience. They are really interested in hearing about my Moldovan background.”

TV presenter Diana Bunici at The Irish Premiere screening of Dumb and Dumber To at The Savoy Cinema Dublin
TV presenter Diana Bunici at The Irish Premiere screening of Dumb and Dumber To at The Savoy Cinema Dublin

Despite relishing London life, Diana makes sure to stay in touch with her friends and family.

“I miss them loads, which is strange because I talk to my family every day, but I miss hanging out with friends. I was just home for two days and it was great catching up.”

Herald

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