Saturday 16 December 2017

Claudine and Robbie to remain in LA after birth of their second child

Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Ireland soccer star Robbie Keane and his wife Claudine plan to remain in Los Angeles for the medium term after she gives birth to their second child.

Their son Robert Jnr (6) told them that it's "been a long time coming" after the couple announced on Saturday that they are expecting a new addition to the family.

In her first interview since breaking the news, Claudine told the Irish Independent: "It's like Christmas 100 times over. Everything is coming together really well. The last couple of games Rob scored two hat-tricks and he's been chosen for the MLS All-Star game so everything is really good. I don't want to jinx myself at the moment so hopefully it continues that way."

The 31-year-old spent the weekend fulfilling her duties as an Ambassador for Team Ireland at the Special Olympics and helped lead them into the LA Coliseum for the opening ceremony on Saturday night.


The couple, who married in 2008, have spent four years in America where Robbie plays for LA Galaxy.

Ireland's top goal scorer, who is reported to earn €70,000 a week at LA Galaxy, said he might consider a move home at some stage, but it's a "few years away yet".

"It's a good lifestyle. It's very relaxed for the family. Lots to do outdoors, especially with my son. He likes going to the beach," he said.

Claudine said that while they bought a house in Dublin two years ago, time in LA was passing "really fast".

"Initially I thought we'd only be here for two, maximum three years but contracts just kept getting a bit longer which was a good reflection on Rob's form at the time and we're thankful that we're able to stay this long," she said.

"It's a second home. Ireland is definitely home number one and where our hearts are.

"That would be the plan [to move home] long-term but it just depends what comes Rob's way in terms of coaching or management. Whatever pans out we'll have to follow."

Asked about her decision to reveal the pregnancy by publishing a video of Robbie Jnr's reaction to the news, Claudine said the clip was "too good not to share".

"It was the priceless, innocent reaction from a six-year-old."

The Malahide native said both her family and Robbie's family were "over the moon".

Speaking about her involvement with the Special Olympics Ireland team, Claudine said it was "an amazing honour".

"The whole year has been an incredible experience, getting to know the volunteers, the staff and the people behind the scenes as well as the athletes. It's just been overwhelming for me and Rob and something we've really enjoyed being part of."

Irish Independent

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