Wednesday 18 October 2017

Vogue Williams: 'Losing my father to a stroke made me a fitness fanatic'

Vogue Williams
Vogue Williams
Vogue Williams.
Vogue Williams DJs at the Space NK Grafton Street launch party on June 19, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images for Space NK)
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Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams
Vogue McFadden at The Pride Ireland Awards at The Mansion House. Picture: Colin O'Riordan
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Model Vogue Williams says she knew the importance of health and fitness after losing her father to a stroke.

The 29-year-old DJ, who is married to singer Brian McFadden, opened up about losing her father Freddie to a stroke in 2010 and detailed the history of the illness in her family.

Her grandfather, also named Freddie, was also killed by a stroke, and Vogue is now raising awareness about strokes, the third biggest cause of death in Ireland.

"Because we have history of stroke on both sides of my family, I have always been health conscious. I need to be careful with fitness and stress," she told the Daily Express.

Vogue in training for the Gaelforce Women's Adventure Race at The Fitness Agency in Howth
Vogue in training for the Gaelforce Women's Adventure Race at The Fitness Agency in Howth

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"Having seen what happened to my father and grandfather has made me very aware of the importance of exercise and eating well."

"After his first stroke my granddad never spoke again. I think that drove him mad. It was awful."

"I don't think my father could have handled being like that, he loved a good chat. When he had a stroke it killed him and I think that was meant to be."

Vogue Williams DJs at the Space NK Grafton Street launch party on June 19, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images for Space NK)
Vogue Williams DJs at the Space NK Grafton Street launch party on June 19, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne/Getty Images for Space NK)

The model turned RTE presenter added that an uncle of hers also died from a stroke when she was a child, saying it highlighted

"He was really fit and healthy," she said.

"We were all quite shocked but that's the thing with stroke, you just never know who it is going to affect."

Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams
Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams

She previously told Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show that she will never get over her father's death. "I was just devastated, I felt like I had lost my best friend. I am still upset about it.

"I don’t think it is something you will ever get over, I think about my dad three or four times a day."

Williams is supporting the Stroke Association's Life After Stroke Awards this week, honouring those affected by it.

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