Thursday 21 February 2019

DWTS judge Lorraine Barry opens up about finding love again after divorce

Lorraine Barry, centre, and with DWTS judges Brian Redmond and Julian Benson, inset
Lorraine Barry, centre, and with DWTS judges Brian Redmond and Julian Benson, inset
Judges Brian Redmond Lorraine Barry and Julian Benson during the first live show of Dancing With The Stars
Mairead Ronan, Dr Eva Orsmond, Vogue Williams, Lorraine Barry, Amy Huberman, Jennifer Zamparelli at the RTE New Season Launch 2017
Judges Brian Redmond Lorraine Barry and Julian Benson during the second live show of Dancing With The Stars. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Judges Brian Redmond Lorraine Barry and Julian Benson during the second live show of Dancing With The Stars. Picture: Kyran O'Brien
Lorraine Barry
Judges Brian Redmond Lorraine Barry and Julian Benson during the second live show of Dancing With The Stars. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Dancing with the Stars judge Lorraine Barry has opened up about finding love again after her first two marriages ended in divorce.

Barry (54), a former professional dancer, split with ex-husband Andrew Sinkinson, her former dance partner, in 1993 and she her second marriage to dancer Luca Baricchi ended in 2010. After some self-auditing and introspection, she said she found her current partner of five years, Peter, a financier whom she lives with in London, and believes the secret to their successful relationship is that he has no interest in the dancing world.

"He came to see Dancing with the Stars and he loves the show, but he is in finance and money and all that sort of thing," she told RSVP Magazine."I wanted to meet someone outside of the dancing because when you're inside the dancing it's tough and there is no doubt about it. That's why we do end up with dancers teaming up together or marriages that were together that break down, it is because it is 24/7.

"I was aware that I wanted someone who has experience in life, someone perhaps who had already been in a marriage that had broken down and had seen his own faults. I know that when that happened for me I was able to see my own faults and the faults of my husband as well so."

Lorraine Barry
Lorraine Barry

Barry, from Cabra in Dublin, has been vocal about her struggles with fertility and miscarriages in the past and refreshingly candid about her personal relationship struggles.

"Sadly I had three miscarriages during my marriage to Luca. When I was married to Andrew I was still very young and sort of climbing the ladder," she told the Irish Daily Mail last year. "When I reached the 35 age group in 2001, 2002, I thought I really wanted to have a family. I realised it was leaving it late."

After undergoing IVF treatment, she chose not to pursue more attempts to have children of her own and remains close with her nieces and nephews.  In 2017, she said she was "desperately sad" about it at the time, but has moved on and is satisfied with her life now.

"Sometimes it's not on the cards, it's not my destiny to have that so therefore I moved on," she said.

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