Show has to go on for Ryan Tubridy despite his marriage break-up
Grainne Cunningham and Paul Melia RTE STAR Ryan Tubridy today faced the public's glare for the first time since a blaze of publicity over the break-up of his two-year marriage.
The show had to go on this morning for the Radio One personality, who fronted 'The Tubridy Show' in the wake of yesterday's heartbreaking revelations.
The Tubridy family home remained silent and apparently deserted last night after the presenter's split from wife Anne Marie Power hit the headlines.
Although the ?400,000 a year chat show host is believed to have moved out of the Dalkey bungalow before Christmas, his black BMW was parked on the gravel driveway all afternoon.
But all the blinds were down and the only sign of life was a lone black and white spaniel, which neighbours identified as the family dog.
His wife and the couple's two daughters, Julia (1) and Ella (6), had apparently left their home to escape the public glare.
His agent confirmed over the weekend that the marriage was over but that there was no one else involved.
Friends and colleagues were said to have been surprised to hear of the split - the couple, who have been together since 1997, were seen walking along Dun Laoghaire pier just weeks ago. But the 32-year old host of the Saturday night chat show, 'Tubridy Tonight', had already moved to a city centre Dublin apartment.
Despite being the focus of extensive media attention over the weekend, Tubridy presented his TV show as normal on Saturday in front of a live audience. Tubridy was not answering his mobile phone yesterday and RTE refused to comment on the matter.
Anne Marie is a former producer on the 'Liveline' programme and also worked as a documentary maker with RTE. Some reports at the weekend suggested she had left the country for a break.
Tubridy's agent, Noel Kelly, said: "They will not be making a statement at this stage. They just want a bit of privacy. The kids are their main concern."
Tubridy has spoken in the past of the pressures a show business career puts on family life. In 2004, he told the RTE Guide his wife was the "picture of tolerance". "I'm probably not the easiest person to live with. I probably talk about myself too much and the job."
When their second child was born, Tubridy admitted he probably would not have time to change many nappies "but luckily I have a very understanding wife. It could be a mad year but I'm going to try my best to strike a balance between home and work."
The couple met in the RTE studios in 1997. Mr Tubridy has told friends about the moment he first saw his future wife. "My head turned round and my world changed forever."
He proposed to Anne Marie, then mother of the couple's first child, on Christmas Eve 2001. Their engagement was announced in one newspaper as: "Ella Tubridy is delighted to announce the engagement of her parents, Ryan and Anne Marie." They were married at Anne Marie's family home in Killiney in May 2003.