'I didn't want to live a lie' - Aisling O'Loughlin on split from long-term partner
Aisling O'Loughlin has spoken for the first time about her split from partner Nick MacInnes.
The former TV3 presenter has remained silent since it emerged that the couple, who have three children together, had gone their separate ways.
The Clare woman said that although she never wanted to announce the news herself, she doesn't mind that people know because she didn't want to "live a lie".
"Yes, it's out there and it's fine because it's the truth, we're not together any more. I don't want to live a lie either, but I just didn't want to announce it," she told the Diary.
The split has been an amicable one and happened quite some time before the news became public.
"I wasn't upset by it. You know what? It's fine. It's been that way for so long now, but we never announced it. We never wanted to make an announcement about it," she said.
The pair are still on good terms, and French-born photographer Nick still stops by Aisling's house almost every day to spend time with their children, Patrick (5), Louis (3) and eight-month-old Joseph.
"Nick and I are fine. He's here now, he's here most days," she said.
"Nothing has changed, really, we're not fighting with each other. Thank God we didn't have a fight.
"It's different for every couple. He doesn't live here any more but he still comes over most days. He made the children too so he gets to come over. We're connected for life."
The former Xpose presenter believes that being on good terms with her ex is the best thing for their children.
"We have made these lovely children who we absolutely adore and they are our focus. We would do anything to make them happy," she said.
Aisling has completely thrown herself fully into work, establishing her new lifestyle and fashion website Exquisite.ie.
She has found it tough to juggle her new business with her busy home life, but she has made it work.
"Where I'm at with the whole thing is experimentation," said Aisling.
"It's nice to have the space to see what works and what doesn't. It's very much a learning process.
"I would do 10am to around 5pm or 6pm and then spend a bit of time with the kids, and then I'd be back working at it again when they're in their beds.
"It's a nice situation where you're in charge of yourself."
The 38-year-old is looking ahead to the new year and has made out a list of resolutions she wants to hit.
"I have a vision board, the whole lot. As the Chinese say, 'If it's not in ink, it's not worth a thought'. I do believe in that," she said.
"I have the usual - lose a stone, go down a dress size, that happens every year."