Masterchef presenter Nick Munier has split from his wife Denise McBrien for a second time.
The couple first parted ways in May 2013 with Nick citing his fame as the reason behind their separation.
“I love the limelight. I find it so alluring. The creative side of me wants validation of what I do, public affirmation,” he said at the time.
The couple tried to make the marriage work; attending couples counselling but unfortunately things didn’t work out. Munier said his life had become a living torment as he came to terms with the split.
“Outside you are smiling, but inside you are in torment. But that's normal and the reality of what happens when you go through a separation.”
“I have never felt so much pain and agony and regret. I was in a dark place and I will never go back to that place again,” he said.
“We did try to reconcile but unfortunately it didn't work out. We haven't officially separated because of the legals, but we are.”
Munier’s children and his decision to give up alcohol helped him through the testing time.
“It was the children that kept me going and my parents and the church – I went to church a lot and prayed.”
“Then before Christmas I gave up booze for two months. I had got into the habit of taking a bottle of wine home every night,” he told VIP Magazine.
Both Nick and Denise, who tied the knot in 2003, work together in restaurant Pichet. “It is hard,” he said. “But as long as the kids are fine and everything is relatively amicable, it's okay.”
In August 2013 Nick openly discussed his marital troubles on Derek Mooney’s radio show. At the time he said he and Denise were back on track, Munier now regrets being so frank on the radio programme. “I did go onto Derek Mooney's radio show and say we were reconciling and going to couples counselling,” he said.
“And it didn't pan out the way I imagined it would. I felt a sense of security on that show.”
“Sometimes I say too much and pre-empt things and then realise after what I have said. It was just one of those moments.”