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I've moved on after Morgan split, insists Dave

SOCIALITE Dave Murphy (35) has broken his silence for the first time on his ex-girlfriend's shock engagement to South Africa's outgoing cricket captain.

And the Dublin businessman, dubbed 'the modeliser' in social pages, told the Herald how he has "moved on" with his life and is already seeing a new beauty.

Revelations about the surprise engagement between Jedward's backing singer Morgan Deane (25) and Graeme Smith (30) after just two months made headlines both here and in South Africa, where cricket fans are still fuming about their World Cup exit last month.

But strapping socialite Dave has said that he's happy to leave his past behind him and concentrate on his new romance.

"I've been hounded about this all week and I don't want to say too much about it. I've moved on with my life and obviously so has she and we'll leave it at that. It's not like we're still in contact or anything but I wish them all the best," he said.

The Donnybrook businessman also rubbished reports that he had been seeing Miss Universe Ireland beauty Rozanna Purcell while he was in South Africa on a six-week business trip and revealed that he has a new girlfriend now.

"I was never seeing Roz. She's a friend and that's it. I've been hanging out with her for the past few weeks. She's a cool girl and we get on really well. Cape Town is a small place so you're always going to meet someone from back home but I'm seeing someone else, a South African girl I've known for a while. Things are going great with her."

He had been seeing Morgan until last December and the pair even lived together in his house in Ailesbury Road before going their separate ways.

While declining to speak about the split at the time, he threw himself back into the social scene with a vengeance while Morgan pursued her singing career.

In February she changed her Facebook profile page photo to a picture of her and Smith, confirming the relationship.

The Cork-born model, who also fronts RTE's TwoTube, then set tongues wagging by flying to India to cheer on South Africa in their World Cup bid.