Friday 23 March 2018

The Rise and Fall of Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams: 2011 - 2015

Vogue and Brian McFadden arrive at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2013 at the Marker Hotel Dublin.
Vogue and Brian McFadden arrive at the Peter Mark VIP Style Awards 2013 at the Marker Hotel Dublin.
Vogue and Brian promoting their appearance on ITV's Stepping Out
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

It had it all - a former boyband singer and a model on the rise met in Donegal in 2011 and the rest was history.

Their whirlwind romance kept the tabloids busy for months and their relationship updates were documented in the pages of Hello! magazine, but soon, their careers began taking different directions. Here's how it played out:

April, 2011

Soon after exploding onto the Irish social scene thanks to a role in RTE show Fade Street, Vogue meets the former Westlife singer. They met at an appearance at INK nightclub in Letterkenny and Brian later said it was love at first sight.



May, 2012

Vogue cancels a girls holiday with her model pals to travel to Sydney to see her new love interest, who had then been based in Australia for work.



January 2012

After just eight months together, the couple announce their engagement via Twitter – the same outlet they would later announced their split.



September 2012

Brogue wed in a lavish, no expense spared wedding ceremony in Florence, Italy, attended by his two daughters with ex Kerry Katona, Mollie and Lilly Sue. They sold the rights to their wedding to Hello! Magazine, which would have contributed to footing the bill of the ceremony, rumoured to have cost more than €100,000.



September 2013

The couple move from Sydney to London and try their hand at becoming the next Richard and Judy with appearances on Stepping Out, Family Fortunes and Fake Reaction.

December 2013

They spend their first Christmas together as a married couple with Vogue’s family and Vogue tells of her desire to adopt a healthy lifestyle and convince her husband to do the same.  “I think we’ll see a new Brian in January,” she said.


February 2014

A then 28-year-old Vogue reveals that she wants to start having children at the age of 30. She also launches her fashion blog, My Name is


July 2014

Vogue says that she put her baby plans on hold due to her rising star: “Work is going so well for me at the moment that I don’t want to rush it. Maybe in a few years time.” She is unveiled as the new face of Cocoa Brown tan.



October 2014

In another broadcasting coup, Vogue lands her own show on Spin 1038, Vogue’s House Party, which airs on Saturday nights.

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December 2014

Vogue’s brand new RTE documentary Vogue Does The Afterlife, the first of many programmes which see her at the forefront, debuts on our screens. They are pictured together publicly in Ireland for the last time at the celebrity Christmas ward walk at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children at Crumlin.



March 2015

Vogue announces she plans to have babies in her early thirties and wants to name her first child Sailor.

"If Brian was the one able to get pregnant then we'd consider having children now but I'm not ready as I don't want to stop working. I hope to have babies in my early 30s.”



April 2015

Vogue’s popularity continues to soar as she wins Bear Grylls: Mission Survive on ITV and enjoys a boost in profile in the UK as a result. Vogue says that she and her husband of two and a half years block each other on Twitter when they’re fighting.

Brian later shares a photo of the vintage gifts his wife gave him for his 35th birthday.


May 2015

Vogue says that she and Brian “block each other on a daily basis”, adding that they fight like brother and sister.

"We don't have massive fights, we just have a little niggle with each other, and will maybe not speak to each other for a couple of hours. Then the fight is over." They are pictured together publicly in London for the last time.

Vogue Does Straight As airs on RTE Two.



June 2015

The couple buy a house together in Howth. "I've literally just got the keys and we're very excited," she said. "We needed a base here so it's a big day."

Vogue and Brian promoting their appearance on ITV's Stepping Out


July 2015

The pair announce on Twitter that they are “going their separate ways” after nearly three years of marriage.

"It is with sadness that Brian and I have made the tough decision to go our separate ways. We will always care greatly about each other, remain friends and we wish each other all the very best for the future.

"We have nothing else to say on the subject and we would like to thank our friends and family for their support during this difficult period."

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