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'I walked and prayed' - Corrs' Andrea reveals her agony over miscarriages

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Coming home: Andrea Corr plans to move back to Dublin from London with husband Brett Desmond and their two children. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Coming home: Andrea Corr plans to move back to Dublin from London with husband Brett Desmond and their two children. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Coming home: Andrea Corr plans to move back to Dublin from London with husband Brett Desmond and their two children. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

Andrea Corr has for the first time spoken about suffering several miscarriages, in an upcoming memoir.

The lead singer of band The Corrs explained how she wanted to be funny, honest, intimate and personal with the reader, choosing to be fully open in her autobiography.

"I have miscarried five times. The first and second the most devastating, as I could not see yet what... who, I would later be blessed with," she writes.

"I walked and I prayed. And my mother-in-law, Pat (a blessing in herself), prayed and lit a candle for us every day. Torches and tallow lamps, often to 'the Little Flower' St Therese, for whom there is a shrine in the church of St Jean," she added.

She told the 'Sunday Independent': "I wrote about my miscarriages.

"I feel very contented, that is the truth. I feel it is how I wanted it to be.

"I feel strangers will love it. It is very much about gratitude, the life I have had and the strangers I have met along the way. It is really about gratitude, it is really about grief, but it is in grief that you find love," she said.

The singer, who lives with her husband Brett Desmond and two children in London, also revealed plans to move to Dublin.

Welcome

"Yes, we're moving back here, and the kids will go to school in Dublin," she said.

"I had always wanted to do that. I know the welcome we have as Irish all over the world.

"I want our children to have that, too; there is something special about being Irish," she added.

The lead singer of the band, which she formed with her elder siblings Caroline, Sharon and Jim in 1990, has now shared her experiences of growing up in Dundalk, Co Louth, and her consequent journey through the music industry.

While writing 'Barefoot Pilgrimage', Andrea said she struggled with earlier drafts in the book and felt that it wasn't good enough.

"I came to doubt myself, I thought to myself, 'This isn't a book. What is this? This is crap'," she recalled.

"I sat down and continued the book I was reading, '4 3 2 1' by Paul Auster, and this is bonkers, he was talking about how the character needed to be a writer, and it gave me the confidence to continue.

"He talked about 'Crime and Punishment' and Dickens and how he discovered that this is what he had to be to be a writer.

"It felt like a prompt," she said.

Irish Independent