Thursday 20 June 2019

Nadia Forde insists she remains 'friends' with Rory McIlroy as he cosies up to new girlfriend Erica

Nadia Forde has opened up about her friendship with Rory McIlroy, saying she loves a man with 'ambition and drive'.
Nadia Forde has opened up about her friendship with Rory McIlroy, saying she loves a man with 'ambition and drive'.
Rory McIlroy's rumoured new girlfriend Erica Stoll

Irish model and singer Nadia Forde has insisted she’s “friends” with Rory McIlroy, as the top golfer enjoyed a New Year party with his new girlfriend.

Nadia, who has been enjoying some downtime after her spell in the jungle for I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!, said herself and the Irish golfer are still in contact.

“Myself and Rory are friends. We chat the odd time.”

Last year, bookmakers Paddy Power were giving odds of 6-1 that Nadia would be Rory's next squeeze after the break-up of his engagement with Caroline Wozniacki.

The pair met in October in a bar Dublin through mutual friends, sparking a storm of publicity.

“He’s doing really well; he’s great,” Nadia said this weekend.

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Meanwhile, the Irish golfer (25) is said to have rang in 2015 with blonde beauty Erica Stoll (27), the PGA employee who famously came to his rescue at the Ryder Cup in 2012.

Rory McIlroy's rumoured new girlfriend Erica Stoll
Rory McIlroy's rumoured new girlfriend Erica Stoll

After they enjoyed a stint in Dublin together, they are believed to have made a trip to Ashford Castle, where they celebrated New Year's in lavish fashion at the plush venue.

During their stay in the capital, they took up residence in the penthouse of The Westbury Hotel, according to the Mail on Sunday and earlier in the week, he was spotted enjoying drinks at trendy hotspot Peruke & Periwig.

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Their romance is still in the early stages as the couple have been quietly dating for nearly three months.

In 2012,  Rory from Holywood, Co Down, narrowly avoided missing disqualification after mixing up his tee time and was given a police escort to the course after Stoll came to his rescue.

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A source close to McIlroy previously explained that the story couldn't have had a better ending as their friendship turned to romance two years later.

"Rory and Erica obviously have been linked in the headlines for all the right reasons already but they seem to have hit it off even more since. It's been kept quiet but they have stayed in contact and they meet up when he is in America," the insider said.

"The fact that she has a big interest in golf is an important factor - and it's not just a case that she has sparked an interest in the game since meeting Rory. In fact she is every bit as obsessed with golf as him."

Last New Year's, Rory proposed to his ex-girlfriend, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki, but they split in May.

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