Sweeney asks to be left to move on with new life
THE former boyfriend of tragic model Katy French has begged the public to let him "move on" with his life with his girlfriend and new baby.
The Sunday Independent tracked down Marcus Sweeney, who is now working as a luxury car salesman in west Dublin.
But Sweeney, who was regularly in the limelight after his numerous bust-ups with Katy, now insists he only wants to lead a quiet life with his family away from the glare of the media spotlight.
The former restaurateur turned down requests for an interview after an inquest into Katy's death last week returned an open verdict.
"I have been dragged through tabloids for years. I don't need to defend myself against whatever public perception there is," he said.
"Everyone has their own issues in life and there is a human side to us all. I could back-track and rehash it all but it is time to let her rest in peace and let us all move on."
Speaking about his life with his new fiancee – Katy lookalike Carrie Pearce – Sweeney said: "I live a very simple life. It was a long time ago in the Celtic Tiger. Katy was young, I was young. We all had lots of different options in our lives. It's not fair to keep seeing this. It's just the never ending story."
Sweeney also expressed his sympathy for Katy's family over the loss of their daughter and the turmoil they have gone through.
"I feel for her and her family. My opinion is, let her rest in peace. I feel if we all go backtracking into everything there is no outcome that we are going to achieve from it."
Sweeney shrugged off media reports last week that detailed his cocaine use while he was in a relationship with Katy.
"It doesn't change the person I am. It was six years ago. I have heard it all before."
Asked if he had any regrets, Sweeney replied: "Life isn't about regrets. You just go with the flow and you do it and see how you get on."
Sweeney and his bride-to- be have been dating since May 2011 and are currently planning their wedding, due to take place in the next year.
In his statement to gardai following Katy's death, which was leaked to newspapers in the eve of her inquest last week, Sweeney told how he was in love with the model, but he ended it after she broke his heart.
Their turbulent relationship came to a head in early 2007 when Sweeney walked into his restaurant, Il Pomo D'oro, on Dublin's South William Street, and found Katy posing in lingerie for pictures.