Monday 20 May 2019

'I wasn't out to bash him' - Una Healy says new song is not a pop at ex Ben Foden

Una Healy pictured at the Dunboyne Castle Most Stylish Lady event at Fairyhouse Racecourse. Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Una Healy pictured at the Dunboyne Castle Most Stylish Lady event at Fairyhouse Racecourse. Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Una Healy pictured at the Dunboyne Castle Most Stylish Lady event at Fairyhouse Racecourse. Picture: Andres Poveda
Una Healy, judge of the Dunboyne Castle Most Stylish lady at Fairyhouse, Co. Meath. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Singer Una Healy said she wasn’t out to “bash” her ex-husband Ben Foden in her new single Strangers, which charts the breakdown of their relationship and the rugby player’s infidelity.

She said she hasn’t heard from Ben about the emotional track, the first song she released since they called time on their marriage last year.

However Una (37) told the Herald that it wasn’t meant to have a go at him, but rather just to acknowledge that they are no longer close.

“I haven’t heard from him at all about it but he has always been supportive of my music –he hasn’t said anything negative about it,” she said.

Una Healy enjoying the 2019 Fairyhouse Irish Grand National on Easter Mionday.
Pic:Mark Condren
22.4.2019
Una Healy enjoying the 2019 Fairyhouse Irish Grand National on Easter Mionday. Pic:Mark Condren 22.4.2019

“There is nothing revealing in the song that he hasn’t mentioned himself in interviews. I wasn’t out to bash him, it’s just the sad part of it that you are just like that stranger again after all those years together.”

She said the song has been “so well received”.

“The song is so raw and emotional. The best thing about it is when people say it is helping them. A lot of people go through the same thing as me and I know I am dealing with it well but it is not easy, we can all help each other through it,” she said.

She felt that she had to be strong for the sake of her children, Aoife Belle (7) and son four-year-old Tadhg.

“It is really hard but you have to get on with it especially for the children,” she said.

Una has since moved on with physio and Limerick hurler David Breen and has introduced him to her two children.

Una Healy on holidays with husband Ben Foden in Sardinia. Picture: Instagram
Una Healy on holidays with husband Ben Foden in Sardinia. Picture: Instagram

He wasn’t able to join The Saturdays star yesterday as she judged the most stylish lady at the Fairyhouse races.

“He is working in the UK – he would have been here today if he could,” she said.

“We are together and having a good time,” she added.

“We are enjoying ourselves, we spend a lot of time together. The kids have met him a good few times as well. It’s all going really great.”

Meanwhile, the most stylish lady was art teacher Paula Gannon from Co Roscommon – and it wasn’t the fashionable 40-year-old’s first rodeo, having scooped the prize at Leopardstown at Christmas time and Kilbeggan last summer.

Her daring look stood out among the finalists, with her outfit representing a wild country garden to go with the rural chic theme.

She wore a tailored floral suit from Hobbs, shoes from Dunnes to which she added an embellishment – with her crowning glory the royal blue hat she made herself, a milliner on the school holidays. As a fan of country music she was delighted with her prize – a night in Dunboyne Castle before being whisked away to Nashville for four nights at the luxurious Bobby Hotel.

“I am over the moon. It’s not my first win, so that is wonderful. This one is very special though because Easter at Fairyhouse is so renowned,” said the Athlone woman.

Una said Paula’s outfit stood out in the distance to all three judges. Debbie O’Donnell from Xpose and Grainne Ross from Dunboyne Castle were also on hand to pick the best-dressed.

It was a big day on the racecourse, with veteran trainer Willie Mullins winning his first Irish Grand National after Ruby Walsh rode him to victory on Burrows Saint, the 6/1 favourite. Mullins did it in style with three of his horses first over the line.

“One, two, three – I feel very good. How would you be feeling? Absolutely good.

Herald

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