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No red carpet as Ro waits for US visa

HE may be one of Ireland’s best known popstars but Ronan Keating does not receive special treatment everywhere he goes.

The 37-year-old Boyzone frontman surprised fans when he turned up at the US Embassy last week to apply for an American working visa.

Father-of-three Ronan joined the lengthy queue alongside dozens of college students looking to head stateside for the summer in search of temporary jobs, sparking speculation that the singer is set to jet over to the US in the coming weeks to take on another acting project.

“You wouldn’t have thought he was famous at all, he was just waiting around like everybody else,” the insider said.

“He’d no problem queuing up with the students, who were mostly there looking for their J1 visas. Nobody approached him, they just left him to go about his business.”


The Dubliner has been carving out a career on the silver screen in recent years.

He made his movie debut in Goddess in 2012.

Ronan will next feature in The Riders with Luke Hemsworth and Mark Strong, a flick adapted from Tim Winton’s 1995 Man Booker prize-nominated novel of the same name.

The plot focuses on an Australian man living in Ireland who is searching for his missing wife.

He also stepped out on the red carpet in London earlier this month for the premiere of Postman Pat: The Movie.

It sees the musician join up with Rupert Grint to provide the singing voice of Pat in the film version of the much-loved children’s programme.

Ronan has made no secret of the fact that he wants to pursue more work in the industry and no doubt Los Angeles has been in his sights for a while.

He has been travelling back and forth between the UK and Australia a lot lately due to commitments, accompanied by his girlfriend, television producer Storm Uechtritz (32).

Last month he returned to his post on the judging panel of Australia’s version of The X Factor and was down under to shoot the audition round of the forthcoming season.

He is due back in Sydney in August for the live performances of the popular TV show but is now focusing on acting, so whatever is lined up in America will have to be fitted in around his schedule.

Ronan and Storm have been dating since September 2012.

The couple met shortly after Storm’s divorce and Ronan’s split from his wife, model Yvonne Keating.

He and Yvonne were together for 14 years and lived in Malahide.