Thursday 29 September 2016

Tommy Bowe says his wife Lucy Whitehouse laughs off his sex symbol status

Published 15/09/2016 | 16:19

Tommy Bowe and wife Lucy Whitehouse. Picture: Instagram
Tommy Bowe and wife Lucy Whitehouse. Picture: Instagram
Tommy Bowe when he received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in Belfast in 2014
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Miss Wales Lucy Whitehouse and Miss Zambia Dorothy Mumba attend the Miss World 2009 Final at Gallagher Convention Centre on December 12, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Michelly Rall/Getty Images)
Tommy Bowe and wife Lucy Whitehouse. Picture: Instagram
Tommy Bowe wearing his new Spring/Summer XV Kings clothing collection. Picture: Kyran O’Brien
Tommy Bowe wearing his new Spring/Summer XV Kings clothing collection. Picture: Kyran O’Brien
Tommy Bowe walking down the aisle with his wife Lucy Whitehouse

Irish rugby star Tommy Bowe said his wife Lucy Whitehouse doesn't take his sex symbol status too seriously.

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The Ulster player (32) wed former Miss Wales Lucy in 2015 and while Tommy might have previously topped the polls as Ireland's Sexiest Man, he said his long-term love brings him "right back to earth".

"Lucy laughs it all off. She’s kind of used to it at this stage and she finds it more slagging material than anything else. She brings me right back to earth and I don’t get away with too much," he told Dublin Live.

Lucy, a nurse, relocated from her native Wales to move to Belfast with Bowe, who she first met while he playing with the Ospreys in 2011.

Tommy Bowe and wife Lucy Whitehouse. Picture: Instagram
Tommy Bowe and wife Lucy Whitehouse. Picture: Instagram

"Marriage didn’t change anything between us. We have remained the same people. And Lucy is from near Cardiff, so she’s settled in to Belfast very well because it’s very similar," he added.

"People are very friendly up here and she’s made lots of friends at work, which is what you have to do when you move away."

The down-to-earth athlete previously said he never considered himself a "heartthrob".

"I was one of the dorky kids," he told the Irish Independent in 2014. "There were other heart-throbs in the school, and a couple of my mates would definitely have fancied themselves ahead of me.

Tommy Bowe when he received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in Belfast in 2014
Tommy Bowe when he received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree in Belfast in 2014

"I think that I always enjoyed female company, and it was a bit of craic to have a little flirting going on with the girls that were in your class."

Tommy Bowe believes Ulster now have the squad to end their 11-year wait for silverware. Photo: Billy Strickland/INPHO
Tommy Bowe believes Ulster now have the squad to end their 11-year wait for silverware. Photo: Billy Strickland/INPHO

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