Friday 17 November 2017

'The abs come out to cover my dancing,' jokes Aidan

Dancing with the Stars Aidan O'Mahony and Valeria Milova rehearsing Picture: Mark Condren
Dancing with the Stars Aidan O'Mahony and Valeria Milova rehearsing Picture: Mark Condren

Jennifer O'Brien

His six-pack has viewers of 'Dancing with the Stars' transfixed, and Aidan O'Mahony has revealed that despite his best endeavours, his shirt buttons continuously find themselves open.

The former Kerry footballer has laughed off the fascination with his physique - one that is commented upon on an almost weekly basis.

"My poor mother is saying a Novena at home with the costumes I've been wearing," Aidan (36) said. "It started off with a see-through top in week one and then with Indiana Jones the slagging really started. Last week, the buttons were initially closed, but by Sunday they were open. I think they were trying to cover up my dancing.

"I got to wear a polo neck one week and that was nice.

"I'd say people are looking at me at home saying 'oh yer man is delighted to have the body out', but we have to wear the costumes we are given."

Fighting fit Aidan, who announced his retirement from inter-county football in January, admits when he's football training he "goes for it", but he isn't averse to the odd treat.

"With GAA you train nearly six days a week," he told the Irish Independent. "Anybody who knows me at home knows I love going to the gym. I'm not obsessed with it. I have a sweet tooth and I enjoy my life out of training, but when I train, I train hard. I try to mind myself and not eat bread and I don't take sugar. The abs are nothing really."

One thing Aidan has had to adapt to is fake tanning and 'contouring' - using make-up to define muscles.

"It's an experience that I won't forget. Contouring, that was a new word for me," Aidan said. "There are spray tans and you get your hair done and your make-up and it's a side to life I never thought I would experience."

Aidan has been juggling the gruelling rehearsal schedule with dance partner Valeria Milova with his job as a garda in Kerry. He's also preparing for the arrival of his first baby with wife Denise - the baby is due in just two weeks' time. The couple are also building a new home in Kerry.

Aidan said he's pretty comfortable with being the underdog.

"When you are at the bottom of the scores, it gets to you," he said. "It's something I'm used to with GAA, when you play a bad game you have to come back fighting. So I'm in the GAA mentality now for Sunday."

Irish Independent

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