Thalia Heffernan on making her new relationship work: 'Long-distance love isn't a problem today'
Thalia Heffernan is proving long-distance relationships can work as she has travelled to Blackpool to be with boyfriend Ryan McShane.
The pair hit it off when they met on Dancing With The Stars earlier this year and have been dating ever since.
However, Ryan moved back to England shortly after the series wrapped, so the couple have had to make do with travelling back and forth to see each other.
Ryan shared a photo of the pair getting cosy at Blackpool's North Pier, a few weeks after they took their first holiday as a couple in Italy.
It looks like Thalia has not let her time on the RTE dance series go to waste as the couple also paid a visit to Walsall Dance Studio for the model to brush up on her steps.
Speaking about their relationship, Thalia said she didn't find it difficult to be far apart from Ryan.
"Long distance isn't impossible any more, what with FaceTime and messaging," she said.
"It's not like I'm never going to see him. It's so easy to communicate."
Thalia was previously in a relationship with graffiti artist Maser, who had dated Vogue Williams and is now seeing model Daniella Moyles.
With the first series of Dancing With The Stars a resounding success, Ryan is thought to be returning for the second series along with the rest of the professional dancing team.
Although she was the second celebrity eliminated, Thalia's career has benefited from her time on the show.
The 22-year-old appeared as a guest presenter for a week on Xpose, filling in for recently departed Ruth O'Neill.
She is currently working on creating a documentary series.