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DJ Michelle Doherty has revealed that breakfast radio was killing her love life

THE former Phantom presenter says she is glad to be hanging up the headphones, as it was preventing her from finding the right man.

The 35-year-old brunette added that ditching the early morning shifts will allow her to focus on getting back into the dating world.

"When I was at Phantom I wasn't working the most social hours so it didn't exactly help my love life," the model told the Herald.

"I was tired all the time. I was up first thing in the morning; it was a bit of a killer.

"All I wanted to do when I got home in the evening was sleep."

The Donegal native, who was once linked to ex-Formula One driver Eddie Irvine, says she is single but is looking forward to going on some dates.

"I'm not seeing anyone special at the moment. Working at Phantom could be very anti-social.

"Now that I'm working more social hours, things will start to fall into place. I'll be meeting more people."

But Michelle stated that while dating is good fun, she doesn't need a man to make her happy.

"I'm happy within myself. I don't need another person to do that for me.

"But it would be nice to see someone," she added.

Michelle left Phantom this summer but was quick to dismiss rumours that her decision to go was due to a reduction in salary.

"No, no. I made the decision to leave a long time ago. Everyone is tightening their belts these days so it had nothing to do with money."

It was a big jump, but Michelle is glad that she took the leap.

"It was really scary taking the decision to leave Phantom, but there's nothing better than confronting that fear and doing something anyway.

"It's good to scare yourself. What's the worst that can happen?"

Since leaving the Dublin radio station, Michelle has thrown herself into the acting world.

"It's been crazy, I never did acting classes or anything like that. So I can't believe how lucky I've been."

The star has landed roles in comedy series Trivia and Lenny Abrahamson's latest film What Richard Did.


Abrahamson's film is loosely based on Kevin Power's book Bad Day in Black and Michelle says that working alongside the director was a great experience.

"It was amazing working with a guy as talented as Lenny.

"He just has this incredible way of telling a story."

But it's her role in low budget Irish thriller The Hit Producer that Michelle is really enjoying.

"I play a bad ass," she said. "My character, Katelin, kills people. She's really ballsy. She's also a bit of a racist.

"It's nice to play a character who is so completely removed from who I am -- she's a real bad girl.

"I'm lucky I've got to play such different characters.

"In Trivia I was a bimbo, in What Richard Did I was a step mum and very caring, I've done pieces on Republic of Telly and now this. I like the variety."