PRESENTER Kathryn Thomas has spoken of her "huge sadness" at splitting from partner Enda Waters.
Although the couple parted last July, it was not until November that their break-up became public.
""It was good to have my own time to get my head around it, and deal with it because it's not called a break-up for nothing, it's horrendous for anyone to go through," she said.
"The good thing is, we are still good friends. There is always going to be a huge sadness for a while. When you spend five-and a half years with somebody it's a long time and it's an adjustment; I think I'm still adjusting," Thomas told 'Irish Tatler' magazine.
The 34-year-old praised those around her for their support.
"Great friends and great family and the odd bottle of great wine gets you through.''
Conceding "there was a lot that was difficult in 2012", she added: "I'm generally a positive person. I think I do throw myself into work and my own friends and, for me, that's a coping mechanism."
But while 2012 had been tough off-screen, on-screen it saw her host her highest profile show yet, 'The Voice Of Ireland'.
"I'd never done huge, live shows before in front of thousands of people. You're counting down and it's three, two, one and cameras! So I was absolutely bricking it, I'd say for the first three," she said, commenting that her role as 'The Voice' presenter and on another RTE series 'Operation Transformation' led to remarks like, 'Jesus, is she never off the box'.
With the talent show back for a second series in 2013, she pointed out that, while happy to concentrate on career, she still wants a family of her own.
She said : "Nobody wants to be single at 34. I'm at a stage when most of my friends are married with kids but, then again, I've had a very different life, I've been so independent. I've travelled for 10 years and that in itself when I look back, and even exploring it with my family and friends, that period of my life was amazing.
''But it was very different to what my friends were doing, which was going to college and settling down and doing all that. Enda never wanted to change that.
''That's why we worked so well too. I loved being in that relationship but sometimes relationships don't last. (But) I'm happy in my own skin, I'm happy that I was able to get through it and come out the other side."
*Kathryn Thomas's full interview features in the January issue of 'Irish Tatler'.