'Luke and I were very private and Rory knows it's not me fuelling romance rumours', Nadia Forde on her famous exes
Nadia Forde has finally opened up about her relationship with Irish rugby star Luke Fitzgerald - three years after their split.
The top model turned tv personality dated the Leinster and Ireland player for three years before calling it quits in 2011.
However, the brunette beauty rarely speaks about her famous ex publicly, saying she has always preferred to maintain some mystery in the public eye when it comes to her private romances.
"Even when I was with Luke [Fitzgerald] we made an effort to keep things separate. We never lived like that, I don't think we ever went to an event together," she told the Diary.
"We were together for years, you have to keep some things to yourself. There's so much rubbish written about me and I'm not going to let that stuff destroy my relationship."
It was her reported tryst with world number one golfer Rory McIlroy last year that propelled her to international prominence, a link she has always denied. And she explained that the Co Down man knows she wasn't behind the rumours.
"It's very hurtful [when stories about my love life come out]. You do get to the point where you laugh at some of them, it's ridiculous," she explained.
"Rory never made me feel like it was me (fuelling the rumours), or any of them for that matter."
The 25-year-old singer, who is promoting her new 3e reality series, Nadia: Chasing the Dream, also believes that her busy career just isn't compatible with a serious relationship.
"The travel is the best part but also the worst part. How do you get to meet someone and be like 'I'm going to Ibiza, then Miami and then Australia'. It takes a strong man to deal with it I think," she admits.
"My ideal man is someone that's kind, understanding, up for a bit of banter and can make you laugh - once you're laughing that's the most important thing. That's one thing I like about the Irish lads, they don't take themselves too seriously, they have great banter, English men do as well but Americans not so much."