'It's important for people to see there is happiness after divorce' - TV3's Sinead Desmond
TV3's Sinead Desmond has opened up about finding love again, saying her other half makes her "very happy".
The Ireland AM presenter (43) went through a painful marriage split in 2012, describing it as "brutal and heart-breaking".
Five years on, she is happily loved-up again with a man she has been dating for the past three years.
She told VIP Magazine she is going public with her relationship as she wants people to see there is "happiness after divorce".
"We wouldn't be out in Coppers snogging of a Saturday night, for starters. And people are really respectful too.
"I might get a little nod or quiet word of congratulations off people. No one is ever invasive," she said.
They met at a black-tie event in New York and finding love was the last thing on her mind.
"I was just coming out of the mess of separation. I was over the pain and just really happy doing my own thing. And I got chatting to this guy.
"We were the two Irish at the table, kinda thing. I really enjoyed the conversation but didn't really think anything of it," she added.
They kept in touch via email for months before she fell for her "very intelligent" man.
"He has the sexy brain, which I find wildly attractive. It's all about the brain for me. Of course, you want a sexy ass, handsome man too. Thankfully he has it all going," she said.
"We love the same things. He's very driven, very ambitious. We both love travel and adventure and the outdoors and pushing ourselves physically."
The TV star, who celebrates 10 years on Ireland AM this year, said she hopes her story will inspire others who have experienced similar heartbreak.
"I think it's really important for people to see there is happiness after divorce. It can be so gut-wrenchingly painful, especially where children are involved.
"There really can be new beginnings and happiness beyond it. Because there is a period where you think life will never be good or truly joyful again.
"And you will never be madly in love again. But these things can happen. You get to go again."
l Read the full interview in this month's VIP Magazine.