Monday 26 August 2019

Ben Foden says 'I do': Una Healy's ex marries partner of two weeks

Romance: Ben Foden and his new wife Jackie Belanoff Smith, have married after a short time together. Photo: Instagram
Romance: Ben Foden and his new wife Jackie Belanoff Smith, have married after a short time together. Photo: Instagram
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Una Healy's ex-husband Ben Foden has tied the knot with an American businesswoman he's known for only two weeks.

The rugby player (34), who moved to New York last year after the breakdown of his marriage to the Tipperary singer, has confirmed he has married Jackie Belanoff Smith.

He and Una, a singer with 'The Saturdays', announced their separation in July 2018.

He sparked speculation over the weekend after posting pictures on his Instagram engaging in a ceremony while on a yacht in the millionaires' playground of Nantucket in Massachusetts.

He confirmed the news in a lengthy post where he described the past year as "by far the toughest and most turbulent for a number of reasons".

"I met a girl who seriously swept me off my feet and in a time of hardship, showed me love, a deep devoted love," he wrote.

Foden with Una Healey. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Foden with Una Healey. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

"People will say we are mad or crazy or even fools as @snackyjax and I had only been dating seriously for a little over 2 weeks before deciding to get married.

"But when someone like her comes into your life, why would I wait?

"The people who needed to know such as close family and friends were told before anyone else and they are happy for me including my beautiful X wife Una Healy, who I love even more for her blessing.

"Life is short and you only get one and it's worth living."

He added that he knew Jackie would be a wonderful stepmother to his two children with Una, Tadhg (4) and Aoife Belle (7), and that she "offers me a future I can't wait to explore with her".

Irish Independent

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