Mairead Ronan: 'I believe men also feel like a failure after a break-up'
Mairead Ronan has opened up about the difficulties of overcoming a break-up.
The RTE star (37) was married for five years before it ended when she was 29 and she has been vocal about her struggles with self-confidence after the split, previously admitting she thought she would never find love again.
"I believe that men think that too after a break-up, because you feel that you're a massive failure. So you're carrying this around with you, thinking other people are thinking, 'Well that didn't work with her, so why would it work with me?' But other people weren't thinking like that. I know that now years later. Thankfully it wasn't true and I did meet the absolute love of my life Louis," she told the RTE Guide.
In 2015, she wed businessman Louis Ronan and they welcomed a daughter Eliza - a little sister to Mairead's son Dara from her first marriage. And she laments the though of an alternative future without her husband, saying she was particularly cautious the second time around, "If I had not been married before, it might have been different."
Mairead, who left her role as a morning show producer on Today FM earlier this year, also reflected on the impact losing her mother Maureen to cancer when she was just 20 years had on her life.
"I feel like I only had my mum for 15 years as most kids only remember their life from the age of five or so," she expalined. "But she was a fantastic mum and an amazing cook. I wish that she had shown me to make pastry; some people might laugh at that, but my mum's pastry was the best ever.
"I'd also like to have asked her about being a mum. I became a mum six or so year after my mother died, so there were loads of questions I had that nobody else could answer but her. My dad always tells me she would have been as proud as punch of me," she added.