Monday 18 February 2019

Singer Una Healy splits from rugby star Ben

SEPARATE WAYS: Singer Una Healy and international rugby player Ben Foden, seen here at the Ladies’ Day in Killarney, have ended their six-year marriage. Photo: Domnick Walsh
SEPARATE WAYS: Singer Una Healy and international rugby player Ben Foden, seen here at the Ladies’ Day in Killarney, have ended their six-year marriage. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Una Healy, the Irish singer-songwriter and television presenter, and rugby star Ben Foden have announced the end of their marriage after six years.

The separation was confirmed yesterday by a spokesperson for The Saturdays star, who said: "I can confirm Una and Ben have separated and she's in Ireland with her mum and kids, but there will be no further comment to make."

The announcement comes days before they were due to move to New York with their two children, Aoife (6) and Tadhg (3).

Ben Foden (33), a former England international, has signed a contract with Rugby United New York, but Una (36) is now at home in Ireland.

"She has now decided it's over. She's utterly heartbroken and devastated," a source told The Sun newspaper.

The couple married in her native Tipperary in 2012, after four years of dating, and celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary last month.

Originally from Thurles, Una found fame as part of girl-band The Saturdays. The group sold seven million records after releasing their debut album in 2008 but split up in 2014.

She released her debut solo album The Waiting Game, which she recorded in Nashville, earlier this year.

She also worked as a judge on RTE's The Voice of Ireland.

The mother of two was praised for talking about her postnatal depression.

She said of the experience: "It was a lonely time and I wasn't helping the situation. I thought I would be fine, and could do it all because I'd had a child before.

"I had the support of my own mum and all my family, but I was putting so much pressure on myself to be a good mum, and started to feel alone and withdrawn."

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