Tuesday 23 May 2017

Dancer 'felt hurt' after Ronan spoke of their affair

Francine Cornelle: claims Ronan Keating said he would marry her
Francine Cornelle: claims Ronan Keating said he would marry her
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

DANCER Francine Cornell would never have spoken about her affair with Ronan Keating had she not felt "hurt and let down" by the singer discussing it on TV with Piers Morgan.

The 28-year-old has broken her silence to tell her side of her secret romance with Keating (35), who she met while on tour with Boyzone as a backing dancer.

Ms Cornell has admitted she wanted a "fairytale ending" with father-of-three Keating and that he told her he would marry her after divorcing his wife of 14 years, Yvonne (38).

Celebrity publicist Max Clifford has represented Ms Cornell since news of her affair with the Dublin-born singer broke in 2009. He told the Irish Independent that she never would have talked about it publicly had Keating not gone on to Morgan's television series 'Life Stories' earlier this month.

"She came to us a long, long time ago when the affair came out and wanted protection, which we provided. But in recent times she contacted us and said she wanted to come out . . . (after) the interview with Piers Morgan.

"The impression I get is that she felt very hurt and let down.

"This time around, when it all started up again, she thought 'Well, in view of what he said, I'll come out and talk'."

Ms Cornell has received some criticism on her social networking site for her decision to tell her story. However, Mr Clifford insisted staff at his company have only heard good reports.

"The support she's got has been tremendous. It wasn't something she sought. Now she can move on."

Ms Cornell had been offered up to €121,000 to speak out after the Keatings' announcement of their split in April this year. It is alleged she was paid €75,000 for her story this week.

Irish Independent

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