BROADCASTER Ryan Tubridy has admitted that staying tight-lipped about his on/off relationship with Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain has done the opposite of what he wanted – increasing public interest.
Speaking exclusively to the Irish Independent, the RTE presenter insisted that he and Ms Ni Shuilleabhain will never become a flash celebrity couple.
"Apparently, everyone's fascinated by that situation. [And not talking about it] makes it worse," the 'Late Late Show' host said.
"We don't discuss what we do, so I kind of close down. We are private people in a public job. I think it's part and parcel of what the media does and what we do. And it doesn't bother me, they're legitimate questions, but I'm not going to answer them," he explained.
Unlike couples in the limelight, such as Gerald Kean and Lisa Murphy, who prior to their split in November would speak at length about their relationship during their six years together, Tubridy feels completely different.
"It's the opposite for me," Tubridy stated.
"I'm just not that way, it's not like that in my life. My family would be pretty embarrassed if I was flaunting. I want to keep quiet about all that."
The 39-year-old was speaking during a visit to Independent Newspapers yesterday, where he collected over €400 worth of gifts for his annual '2fm Toy Appeal'.
Included in the bounty were VTech and Nintendo DS educational toys, supplied by generous staff and associates.
Now in its third year, the appeal came from the 'Tubs for Toys' project in 2010.
Toys are donated to St Vincent de Paul and re-distributed to thousands of struggling families around the country.
Last year's appeal saw some 60,000 toys donated and this time around, Tubridy and his crew are hoping to collect over 70,000.
"We're up to 56,000 toys now, so it's all going along very well, we're delighted so far," he said.
It's been a busy few months for the broadcaster between his television, radio and charity commitments. Tubridy said he's looking forward to a "well-deserved" break over the Christmas holidays – but will look back at 2012 in fondness.
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