'We're both new people after seven years apart' - Eoghan McDermott opens up about his relationship
Eoghan McDermott has opened up about his relationship with girlfriend Aoife Melia, saying they are both "new people" after spending seven years apart.
The 2FM presenter told Independent.ie that the pair have a "dual synergy" since reuniting this year.
"It’s been really lovely. It’s kind of this dual synergy thing going on where I feel like she’s a new person and visa versa and we’re getting to know each other."
The couple dated while in college, but went their separate ways when Aoife, a doctor, moved away for seven years, during five of which Eoghan lived in London.
"We went out years and years ago in UCD and she moved away for seven years and I had been in London for five of those seven years and so it’s just one of those random, chance happenings. We have all of this history so it’s lovely," said the 33-year-old.
Although the new couple won't be spending Christmas together due to work commitments, Eoghan said they will celebrate the new year with one another.
"Aoife’s a doctor, so she pulled the short straw and is working Christmas Day," he said.
"Her family is in Galway so she’ll finish her shift and head home to Galway, so I’ll see her for an hour hopefully. She’s working Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, so we’ll do New Year's Eve."
New Year's Eve will be mixed with work and pleasure as Eoghan is a Three Music Ambassador and will be celebrating at the 3 Countdown Concert as part of the New Year Festival at Stephen's Green.
The RTE star announced the new relationship in a sweet post on Instagram, saying they were "going for round two."
"Met this firecracker 10 years ago! We've gone off & lived different lives in different countries, grown into different people, reconnected recently and are now going for round two - 7 years later. Life is so brilliantly random sometimes," he captioned the pic.
Eoghan split with model Jo Archbold in April after two years together.
"We were together for two years, and I guess with anyone you go into it in good faith, and it’s either going to be ‘the’ relationship or it’s not – and it wasn’t," he said.