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I'm single and I love life in London, says Sarah

Single and living it up in London – it's a model life for Donegal beauty Sarah Kennedy.

The Britain and Ireland's Next Top Model runner-up has split up with her hometown boyfriend.

Sarah had previously told how difficult it was to leave boyfriend Michael at home while she appeared on the show earlier this year.

When the programme ended in September, the couple had originally planned to set up home in the UK together.

But now the 23-year-old is flying solo as she concentrates on getting her career off the ground.

"I am single at the moment and it's fine – I'm enjoying life in London," Sarah told the Diary.

"I don't want to talk about what happened with my relationship, but now I'm free to go to London and focus on my career."


Originally from the hills of Donegal, Sarah admits that it was a big decision to move across the water on her own. "London is very big and scary and I do miss home, but it is also very exciting and something that I never would have done if I didn't go on the show," she explained.

"But I Skype and talk to my family literally every single day so I am still up-to-date with what's happening."

A favourite with judges Elle Macpherson, Dannii Minogue and Tyson Beckford, Sarah won plaudits on the show for her hard work and high fashion look.

Sarah was the highest Irish finisher to appear on the show, which has attracted an array of top models from these shores, including Dubliners Holly Carpenter and Hannah Devane.

However, it can be tough at the top and Sarah is still finding her feet as she looks to sign with a top UK agency.

"I haven't signed with anyone yet, but I knew that it would take time and I wanted to find what was right for me.

"I said coming over here that I would pour everything I have into my modelling so If I have to get a job to cover me than I will, but at the moment I'm just sticking with the modelling."

Last week it was announced that BINTM won't be returning to Sky, but Sarah says that the show was still a talking point among the British public.