Saturday 22 September 2018

'At this stage, people can make their own mind up about who I am' - Gráinne Seoige

Gráinne Seoige. Photo: Anthony Woods.
Gráinne Seoige. Photo: Anthony Woods.
Homesick: Grainne Seoige, who is living in South Africa with her fiance, says she’s feeling the pull of home. Photo: David Conachy
Grainne and Sile Seoige. Picture: Instagram
Television personality: Grainne Seoige and her partner Leon Jordaan Photo: Gerry Mooney
Grainne Seoige spotted in Dublin in 2011
Grainne Seoige filming for the now-defunct GMTV in 2010
Grainne Seoige
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Gráinne Seoige said she has given up caring what anyone else thinks of her.

The 44-year-old tv presenter, who now lives in South Africa with fiancé Leon Jordaan, said there are a number of public misconceptions about her that she has grown to ignore over the years, perhaps the most common being that she can lack warmth - something, she and her sister Sile, often say is because of her background in newsreading which tended to fall flat during her transition into lighter presenting roles.

"I almost feel by talking about it, you are adding to it. It is hard because it is not who I am. It is a misrepresentation of me," she told RSVP magazine.

"If people watch my famine documentary, you see the emotion in that. If you watch the People of The Year, you see the real me. I don't think you can interact with these amazing people unless you have a nature or a heart about you. At this stage, people can make their own mind up about who I am, I really have stopped giving too much thought to it. I know who I am."

Homesick: Grainne Seoige, who is living in South Africa with her fiance, says she’s feeling the pull of home. Photo: David Conachy
Homesick: Grainne Seoige, who is living in South Africa with her fiance, says she’s feeling the pull of home. Photo: David Conachy

While she has increasingly withdrawn from public life, instead flying home to Ireland for select presenting roles with Up For The Match and the People of The Year Awards, and focusing on her burgeoning diamond business Grace Diamonds, the mother-of-one says she takes comfort in a more low-key existence as she is naturally shy.

"I did say this before and the papers blew it up as I was talking about myself as a famous Seamus, but it is a different vibe for me out there in that no one knows me and I love that because I am a bit shy," she said, when asked if she enjoyed the anonymity that comes with living in another country where RTE or TV3 has never aired.

"Generally, Irish people are so lovely and if myself and Síle are together, women come up and they are so lovely. They feel they know you. I feel the warmth of that and I love that. But the other side is that you can be walking down the street in Dublin and someone takes a picture of you without asking your permission and then it is in a paper. I find that hard. I would never do that to anyone. "

It's clear that the Seoige sisters lean on each other more than anyone else and Síle was quick to clear up any misconceptions about her sister. When asked if she thinks that people can read her wrong, she said "all of the time" and went on to praise her sister's softer personality traits.

"All of the time. I think it has been a huge thing in her entire career. When you are delivering something like the news, you have to be together, park your emotions, be unbiased, deliver the news straight down the barrel of the lens and be direct - you are in a role and you have to embody that role....She is very kind and great craic, she loves banter and slagging, but she is also very soft. She would be softer than me and like all of us, she is complicated," Síle said.

Separately, in another interview earlier this month, Gráinne spoke of her excitement at being back on home soil, for however short a time it might be.

"Living in South Africa is wonderful, but there is something unique about us as a people that I do miss and I love to come back because it's not replicated anywhere else," she said.

"I'm feeling the pull of home at the moment, actually - and doing Up For The Match is such a wonderful way to be a part of the build-up to this important occasion for the country. It's a privilege."

Grainne and Sile Seoige at the VIP Style Awards
Grainne and Sile Seoige at the VIP Style Awards

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