TV3 star Elaine Crowley: 'I'm a commitment phobe...I don't think there is any such thing as happily ever after'
Elaine Crowley has opened up about her fears of commitment, despite being happy in her current relationship.
The TV3 star (39) has been in a relationship with a mystery man, only revealing he works as an engineer for ESB, have been together for almost a year and were friends for several years before they started dating.
But the Elaine host said she doesn't believe in happily ever afters and no longer counts herself as a romantic.
"It's still early days yet, it's barely been a year. I'm a bit of a commitment phobe, I still think I'm 23 in my head," she told the Diary.
"I used to be romantic but I think Mills & Boon books ruined me, all that handsome prince stuff. I don't think there is any such thing as happily ever after.
"You have to work at everything, especially if you're going out with me because I'm a nightmare."
The popular presenter will be walking the red carpet for the IFTAs this Saturday night, but won't be bringing her other half who prefers life away from the limelight, but understands he'll be referenced from time to time on her daytime show as well as in interviews.
"I have the IFTAs on Saturday, I love the film one. I have my dress bought. It's lovely and hopefully it'll cover up more of me than normal," she added.
"He hates all that stuff, the poor man. Some people love it. He doesn't get a kick out of it at all, he'd much prefer if I wasn't on TV.
"He doesn't know why I wear makeup or anything. He says, 'why are you wearing make-up and hair extensions? You're beautiful without them?' I'm like, 'Are you mad?'"
It looks like 2017 is a big year for Crowley both personally and professionally, but she admitted her friends "slagged" her over the name of her eponymous chat show.
"It was a lot of pressure. It's a bit nerve-wracking and embarrassing. It's quite a similar show [to Midday], just at a different time," she said.
"Imagine going in and having a cup with your name on it. I was roundly slagged by everyone. 'Are you going to be like Cher or Madonna?' Not a hope. But it is lovely, I can't complain."
Meanwhile, she has kept up her fitness goals since she appeared on RTE's Celebrity Operation Transformation last year and she's fresh from a military-style bootcamp in the UK where she lost a stone in a week.
"You're getting up at 6am and you start exercise at 7am and then finish at 7pm when you have your meal," she explained.
"Getting away from the day-to-day stresses of life was good. I lost a stone. I'm sure it'll be back on again but getting the exercise is so good for your head.
"I'm always going to be a little bit fat. Some people are built for comfort and not for speed and I am one of them. When you're not exercising, you're not healthy."