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'Chasing fame for fame's sake doesn't interest me' - Maia Dunphy on feminism, first love and the end of her marriage

In a revealing interview, Maia Dunphy tells Barry Egan about her first love, her childhood insecurity, her concerns about living on her own in Dublin with her young son during the lockdown and the end of her marriage

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Maia Dunphy

Maia Dunphy

Coping on her own ... Maia Dunphy is finding not seeing her parents difficult but she is coping well at home with her son Tom.  Photo: David Conachy

Coping on her own ... Maia Dunphy is finding not seeing her parents difficult but she is coping well at home with her son Tom. Photo: David Conachy

Johnny Vegas and Maia Dunphy

Johnny Vegas and Maia Dunphy

Maia with singer Jake Carter in Turkey shooting 'High Road, Low Road' for RTE

Maia with singer Jake Carter in Turkey shooting 'High Road, Low Road' for RTE

Maia pictured in Turkey for the RTE show ‘High Road, Low Road’

Maia pictured in Turkey for the RTE show ‘High Road, Low Road’

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Maia Dunphy

Her first boyfriend was Carlos, "a ridiculously handsome 18-year-old Spanish boy, who'd been sent to Dublin to repeat 6th Year to avoid military service".

Maia Dunphy was only 16 and thought it was "a practical joke" when Carlos asked her out.

What followed, she says, was an enchanting three months of "hand-holding, snogging and sneaking into bars at weekends". Then Carlos went back to Spain. They wrote for a couple of months, but it ended when the letters stopped.