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Pop star? I much prefer motherhood, says Kelly

POP stardom is on hold for new mum Kelly Mongan

She spent the last few months rubbing shoulders with the creme de la creme of the pop world and wowing the nation with her killer vocals on The Voice Of Ireland.

But Kelly says it all pales in comparison to becoming a mum.

The 19-year-old is thrilled after giving birth to 9lb 6oz baby Michael Bernard on Friday evening.

"It was a difficult labour," she told the Herald. "And I'll be staying in hospital for the next few days. It was very tough and I'm very, very tired, but it was well worth it in the end."

Viewers of The Voice Of Ireland were shocked when favourite to win Kelly was pipped to the post in the final by Keith Hanley.


She may have missed out on the title, but Kelly feels like a winner now.

"I'm the happiest I have ever been. It outdoes everything I have ever done. There is nothing in the world like having a baby," she says.

Kelly's son is the first grandchild in the MacDonagh-Mongan household and she says her mum Kathleen is delighted.

"He's beautiful and everyone is so happy," she says. "My mum is delighted. She's over the moon. She thinks it's her baby. She can't spend enou-gh time with him. "He's the first grandchild, so she's so happy."

And, according to Kelly, blue- eyed baby Michael has inherited his father Bernie's good looks.

"He's got that lovely baby smell. He's a bit like me but he's got a good bit more of his dad in him.

"I can't explain how happy I am. It's the nicest feeling in the world. All I want is to see my baby the whole time. It's all I can think about."

Coach Kian Egan was one of the first people to text Kelly congratulating her on the baby's arrival. "Kian texted me," she said. "Saying 'well done'. He's very good."

And fellow mum Una Healy from The Saturdays sent her well wishes to Kelly: "Congratulations to Kelly on the birth of her baby boy," she wrote on Twitter. The Tipperary native duetted with Kelly in the live final. "It was amazing singing with her," Kelly added.