Sunday 22 July 2018

'I don't want my kids in showbiz - it's hard to make a living', says DWTS finalist Deirdre O'Kane

Deirdre O'Kane and John Edward Nolan,during the Final of RTE's Dancing with the Stars
Deirdre O'Kane and John Edward Nolan,during the Final of RTE's Dancing with the Stars

Sean O'Grady

Deirdre O'Kane has said she hopes her children don't follow her into the world of showbusiness.

The comedian (50) is mum to Holly (13) and Daniel (9) with husband Stephen Bradley, but she's not so sure she wants them to go down the path of their famous mum, citing the number of people working in entertainment who struggle to pay the bills.

"Dear God, I hope not. Entertainment lawyer is what I'm pushing," she told the Herald.

"Be around people in entertainment but don't be one of them. It's very hard.

Deirdre O'Kane
Deirdre O'Kane

"I just know so many great actors and performers who struggle financially. It's hard to make a living and we are a small country, it's just hard.

"I would never discourage them either because you have to do what's in you. But it's a tough industry."

Deirdre endured weeks of gruelling rehearsals to reach the final of RTE's Dancing With The Stars but lost out on the crown to Liverpool singer Jake Carter. However, she insisted missing out on the glitterball trophy didn't bother her.

"It's nice, he's launched a career and he's 19. I'm well launched, it doesn't matter to me," she said.

The Louth woman said she inadvertently shed the pounds while she was on the series.

"I lost a stone. You couldn't not. I went to rehearsals eight hours a day, seven days a week," she said.

"I ate like a horse, I never stopped eating because you need the fuel.

"I was starving all the time, I couldn't believe how much I ate. The amount of energy you're burning is extraordinary."

Deirdre bonded with all of the contestants, particularly model Alannah Beirne with whom she shared a dressing room, while she was already close friends with broadcaster Maia Dunphy.

"We were a genuinely very tight group. I'm not sure about the year before, but we were quite united. I suggested we have a month's mind so we can get together," she said.

The TV star was speaking at the launch of Focus Ireland's new initiative, Ireland's Great Get Together, which aims to raise funds to prevent homelessness.


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