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Celebrity Diary: I love the Irish accent and have my eye on a guy here. I may be back to settle down with him

AFTER a hectic week in Dublin, it's back to the grindstone in London for me today and unfortunately I'm still nursing a very sore and swollen black eye. I was hoping it might be gone down by now but it's actually gotten progressively worse the more the week went on.

The whole area under my left eye is now completely black and blue, although the swelling has gone down a little. I've had to use industrial strength make-up to try and hide it for my work commitments and photo-shoots to promote TV3's new series Style Wars.

People have been asking me all week how it happened, but unfortunately the story behind it isn't too exciting.

I was playing a game of doubles tennis last weekend and I was attempting to volley when I got hit in the face with the ball.

Luckily there wasn't any long-term damage done to my eye but it's still very painful.


I play tennis regularly but I have no practice at volleying. That's why I'm planning to get back on the court next weekend and give it another go. Fingers crossed there won't be any more injuries.

I had hoped to stay around tonight and maybe have a night out with Tara Sinnott and the gang but it was quite difficult to organise as I've got two dogs that need to be looked after.

I've missed them a lot while I was away so I'm looking forward to getting home to see them.

Before flying back to London this evening myself and my fellow Style Wars judges had to be on set at Bellinter House in Co Meath this morning to finish filming for the last episode in the series.

It's going to be impossible for me to keep the identity of the winner to myself once we've finished. I'll just have to hope I don't get loose tongued when I have a few drinks in me.

We actually began filming the episode last night at the Odeon on Harcourt Street and put in a pretty late night.

Needless to say I was exhausted by the end of it, as it was non-stop all day. I was up at 6.30am to get on the phone to China to deal with the manufacturers of my new autumn/winter line.

We've been having major problems with the production of it so I wanted to discuss that with them.

Myself and my good friend and Irish agent from Red Carpet Agency, Tara Sinnott, went for a short walk to wake us up and then it was down to business as I had a meeting with Arnotts, a photo-shoot with Hot Press and then a meeting with my stylist Amanda, who has been looking after my wardrobe while I'm working on Style Wars.


My whole week in Dublin has been pretty similar. I've done interviews with every radio station from FM104 to Q102 to 4FM.

I also had some lunchtime meetings, several sessions with my stylists and lots of interviews with papers and magazines.

I did manage to fit one session at the gym in on Wednesday night.

I went to Jackie Skelly's for a workout. I always try and train no matter where in the world I am. I have to. It can be difficult to motivate yourself sometimes but it's worth it in the end. I'm definitely looking forward to a very relaxing weekend where I'll be having a long massage, practicing meditation, playing tennis and spending time with my friends.

I'm quite sad now that my time in Ireland is over. I've been over and back for the past few weeks for filming and I would love to be asked to come back to work on another television show in the future.

People will see a very tough side of me over the next few weeks on the show. At the end of the day the person that we end up picking is going to work on my autumn/winter collection and I need to ensure they are 100pc committed.

I want the best and I will be tough with them. I want to see how they work under pressure.

There were some differences of opinion between myself and the other judges, Peter O'Brien and Ian Galvin, at times, but that was only in front of the cameras.

I enjoyed catching up with them at the Dylan hotel on Tuesday night when we had the official launch party for the show.


I think I will keep in touch with them and I'm sure I'll see them again in the future.

I wouldn't ever rule out making a move to Dublin if the right offer came along so you never know.

I've made a lot of friends here and I've come across a lot of interesting characters. I met Daithi O Se on Tuesday while I was at Today FM for an interview. He seems like a nice guy although I wasn't talking to him for too long as he had to get straight into the studio after me.

I have spoken about how there's a certain Irishman who's caught my eye during the week but I can't say too much about who he is or anything like that until I know how it's going to work out. What I have said is that he's definitely not a celebrity of any sort. I think Irish accents are really attractive so I'd really like to settle down with an Irish guy.