Wednesday 28 September 2016

Top Irish model Thalia Heffernan is back on the singles market after split with boyfriend of one year

Elaine McCahill

Published 09/12/2015 | 08:24

Thalia Heffernan and (inset with ex boyfriend Andrew McGuinness)
Thalia Heffernan and (inset with ex boyfriend Andrew McGuinness)
Thalia wears Calvin Klein 'add a size' push up bra, €51; Triumph sheer velvet sensation high waist brief, €50; Wolford velvet deluxe, €50; Stay up, €34 at Brown Thomas' Lingerie Rooms
Thalia wears Leather dress, €161 for the Zoe Jordan X River Island Design Forum collection, available in store today
Model Thalia Heffernan with her ex boyfriend Andrew McGuinness
Thalia Heffernan pictured at the ‘Paul Stafford Foundation Lunch 2015’ in aid of ‘Teenline’ at The Dean Hotel. Photo: Anthony Woods.

Line up boys, Ireland's top model Thalia Heffernan is free and single ahead of the party season.

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The blonde beauty has split from her boyfriend of almost a year, Andrew McGuinness.

The catwalk queen started seeing the Dicey Reilly's doorman earlier this year but the pair have gone their separate ways.

Not one to shy away from social media, the couple often posted loved-up snaps of them on holidays or while enjoying a quiet night in.

Thalia Heffernan and boyfriend Andrew McGuinness
Thalia Heffernan and boyfriend Andrew McGuinness

"They split a few weeks ago, Thalia is handling it really well and she's happy being a single girl about town again," a source told the Diary.

"She's been over to London for work and had some great nights out with her cousin Aaron [Heffernan] so she's having a great time."

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The Ranelagh native is signed to five different agencies across the globe - Morgan: The Agency in Dublin; Premier in London; Ford in New York; London Management in Sydney; and Pro Mod in Germany - and often travels for work.

Thalia wears Calvin Klein 'add a size' push up bra, €51; Triumph sheer velvet sensation high waist brief, €50; Wolford velvet deluxe, €50; Stay up, €34 at Brown Thomas' Lingerie Rooms
Thalia wears Calvin Klein 'add a size' push up bra, €51; Triumph sheer velvet sensation high waist brief, €50; Wolford velvet deluxe, €50; Stay up, €34 at Brown Thomas' Lingerie Rooms

When contacted by the Diary about the split, Thalia said she didn't want to discuss her private life.

"I don't want to discuss my personal relationships," she said.

The split came as a surprise to some as the 20-year-old recently gushed about how supportive Andrew was of her career .

Speaking just two months about her relationship, she said "[Having a boyfriend] makes life easier with this job, because I've a little security," she said.

Thalia Heffernan pictured at the ‘Paul Stafford Foundation Lunch 2015’ in aid of ‘Teenline’ at The Dean Hotel. Photo: Anthony Woods.
Thalia Heffernan pictured at the ‘Paul Stafford Foundation Lunch 2015’ in aid of ‘Teenline’ at The Dean Hotel. Photo: Anthony Woods.

"It's nice to have the grounding, because you never know what you're up to with this job."

When asked what her beau thought of her posing in lingerie or with other men on photoshoots, she said: "He's cool with it because it's my career".

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"He finds it more glam than it actually is because he's not in the industry".

She was previously linked to One Direction singer Niall Horan after the pair were spotted together in 37 Dawson Street at an after party.

Thalia recently said she was getting used to handling the fame that comes with being a rising star on the fashion scene.

"I don't know if I'll ever get used to it as it's not really a natural thing. I guess it's the world I live in, so I have to accept it," she said.

"I've grown to appreciate it too. I accept that people are interested in me."

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