Saturday 7 December 2019

The Coronas Danny O’Reilly: Songwriting helped me move on from Laura Whitmore split

Guests at The IFTA 2012 Awards: The Red Carpet, The Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland - 11.02.12.
Guests at The IFTA 2012 Awards: The Red Carpet, The Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland - 11.02.12.
The Coronas (Danny O'Reilly, Conor Egan, Graham Knox, Dave McPhillips) at Today FM's Ray Darcy Show, Dublin, Ireland - 26.07.12.
The Coronas frontman Danny O'Reilly at Today FM, Dublin, Ireland - 20.12.13

Anita McSorley

Writing tunes about heartbreak helped The Coronas’ frontman Danny O’Reilly get over his break-up from Laura Whitmore, the singer has revealed.

O’Reilly (28) admitted that he was heartbroken when he split from the MTV presenter in 2012 and said that writing songs for the bands new album, The Long Way, helped him move on.

“The lyrics were really therapeutic,” he told The Sunday Times’ Culture magazine.

“I could never write a song about politics — it’s not something I’m comfortable with. Writing about [the break-up] was good for me.

Guests at The IFTA 2012 Awards: The Red Carpet, The Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland - 11.02.12.
Guests at The IFTA 2012 Awards: The Red Carpet, The Convention Centre, Dublin, Ireland - 11.02.12.

“I’ve always been an honest songwriter. Our first single [San Diego Song] was written when I was 21 and sleeping all day and drinking all night. That’s what it’s about,” he added.

The Dubliner also revealed that he is a very emotional person, which he explained comes through on the new record.

“Everyone who knows me will tell you I’m a sensitive soul,” he said.

“The lads in the band have witnessed some of my emotional moments over the years, especially with a few whiskeys on board,” he added.

Talking about the break-up, he admitted that he partly blames himself.

“I was a little too open about my personal life — too willing to talk about it,” he said.

Laura Whitmore & Danny O'Reilly (The Coronas) 29.06.11
Laura Whitmore & Danny O'Reilly (The Coronas) 29.06.11

“Maybe that’s why the papers felt they could talk about it too.

“With future relationships, I definitely won’t be mentioning names — saying this or that person is great,” he added.

It is reported that Whitmore (29) broke up with the The Coronas frontman in 2012 when she traveled to Australia to present I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now!.

After a brief reconciliation in 2013 the pair split for good.

The Coronas new album The Long Way is out on Friday.

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