Tuesday 16 January 2018

We were expecting you, Mr Keating

Ronan Keating is invading his own privacy again. The accomplished smarm-merchant -- who has temporarily swapped the boyband stage for the movie screen -- has been giving press interviews to promote his film debut, Goddess, which is being premiered at Cannes.

During these interviews, Keating has spoken in considerable detail about the fallout from his marital split. He has "opened up" about his heartache, his weight loss, his drinking. The separation has, he explains, helped inspire him as a songwriter, and we can expect a new album in the autumn. "You can reflect on what's happened in your life and write," he declared. "It's really like somebody flicked a switch and I'm ready to write again."

Hooray. One minor quibble: only a few short months ago, Keating was appealing for privacy and making the excellent point that his marital difficulties were the business of nobody but those intimately involved. What's changed? Promotional schedule aside, that is.

In the course of his press blitz, Keating expressed an ambition to play James Bond. In the eyes of many, however, he has long since possessed a license to ill.

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