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Great to see Ronan's marriage back on solid ground - Mikey

THEY'VE been keeping everyone guessing when it comes to the status of their marriage, but Boyzone singer Mikey Graham is confident his bandmate Ronan Keating and his wife Yvonne have a future together.

Speaking about his friend's much-publicised marriage troubles, the dad of two admits he was delighted to see the couple's recent display of togetherness after a difficult year.

Despite announcing news of a split twice over the summer, Ronan and Yvonne have been photographed kissing and cuddling in recent weeks, with the singer even making a public declaration of love in a bid to win back the former model.

"I'm just glad to see that the two of them, with a young family, have found some solid ground again to move forward," Mikey told the Herald.

"To be honest it's not really my position to talk about anyone else's life or personal life," he added.

The Boyzone star went on to explain how he will miss out on an opportunity to catch up with his bandmates next Saturday night when Keith Duffy hosts his annual Autism Action Ball at Kilmainham Royal Hospital, given that he will be on stage at the Gaiety theatre in his role as Abanazar in Aladdin.

Mikey is due to perform a matinee and an evening show on the day, but says he will be sending good wishes to his friend and longtime colleague Keith ahead of the event.

Keith, his wife Lisa and their two children Jordan (14) and Mia (10) were among those who braved the elements on Wednesday night to attend the official opening of the panto.

The soap star explained how he had jetted in to Dublin on a whirlwind 24-hour visit in order to be there to support his longtime pal, given that he is busy preparing for next week's 50th anniversary Coronation Street special.

Mikey and Keith were spotted catching up alongside their respective families following the performance.

Their manager Louis Walsh, who had been across town at RTE studios earlier that night in order to attend a screening of a Westlife special, also joined the group to toast Mikey's success on the stage.

The panto features a voice-over by the X Factor judge, in the guise of the "Master," speaking to Mikey's character Abanazar from the sky. "I was more nervous about the rehearsals," Mikey explained following his show-stopping performance.

"It's good fun. It's very different to what I do with the band obviously."

-- lorna nolan