Monday 27 January 2020

Una Healy and Ben Foden have split up, just days before they were due to move to New York with their two children

Una Healy and Ben Foden posed happily together last week at Ladies Day at the Killarney July Race Festival. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Una Healy and Ben Foden posed happily together last week at Ladies Day at the Killarney July Race Festival. Photo: Domnick Walsh
Una Healy and Ben Foden posed happily together on July 19 at Ladies Day at the Killarney July Race Festival. Photo: Domnick Walsh
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: Singer Una Healy of The Saturdays and her husband rugby player Ben Foden attend the UK film premiere of Oz: The Great and Powerful at the Empire Leicester Square on February 28, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Una Healy and Ben Foden attending The Pride of Britain Awards 2016
Una Healy and James Dunmore during Ladies Day on day three of The Qatar Goodwood Festival, Goodwood.
Una Healy, Ben Foden and their second child son Tadgh, who is now two, as Healy has told how she struggled with postnatal depression after giving birth to their son. Photo credit : Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Una Healy on holidays with husband Ben Foden in Sardinia. Picture: Instagram
Una Healy and Ben Foden on their wedding day in 2012. Picture: Una Healy/Instagram
Saturdays singer Una Healy and her husband Ben Foden tweeted this picture of the couple with their daughter Aoife Belle at her christening in England
Una Healy on holidays with husband Ben Foden in Sardinia. Picture: Instagram
Saturdays' singer Una Healy with daughter Aoife Belle Foden and partner Ben Foden
Una Healy and Ben Foden.
Wife Una Healy posted this cute picture of rugby husband Ben Foden tackling some bottle feeding with baby Aoife.
Ben and Una Foden with their children Tadhg and Aoife. Picture: Hello Magazine
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Una Healy and Ben Foden
Una and Ben Foden's baby Tadhg
Una and Ben Foden at Christmas. Picture: Instagram
Una Foden and Ben Foden attend the European Premiere of "Magic Mike XXL" at Vue West End on June 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
Una Foden and Ben Foden attend the European Premiere of "Magic Mike XXL" at Vue West End on June 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
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Una Healy launching her shoe collection at The Morrison. She wears the Mermaid heel. Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland
Una Healy launching her shoe collection at The Morrison. She wears the 'Battle Lines' heel. Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland
Una Healy launching her shoe collection at The Morrison. She wears the 'Up' heel. Picture: Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland
Una Healy on holidays with husband Ben Foden in Sardinia. Picture: Instagram
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Una Healy and Ben Foden have split up.

The Saturdays singer has separated from her rugby player husband, just days before they were due to move to New York with their two children, Aoife, six and Tadhg, three.

Ben, 33, has signed a contract with Rugby United New York but Una, 36, has moved back to Ireland to stay with her mother.

“She has now decided it's over. She's utterly heartbroken and devastated, but she's very traditional in her outlook.

The Saturdays singer and her rugby player husband headed to her home county of Tipperary to get married. Her bandmates were bridesmaids and then the happy couple headed to Kilshane House for their reception.
The Saturdays singer and her rugby player husband headed to her home county of Tipperary to get married. Her bandmates were bridesmaids and then the happy couple headed to Kilshane House for their reception.

“She thought their marriage would be forever, but can't see a future for them anymore."

A spokesperson for Una said: "I can confirm Una and Ben have separated and she's in Ireland with her mum and kids, but there will be no further comment to make."

Pop star Una Healy doing a dirty-dancing style lift with her rugby player husband Ben Foden
Pop star Una Healy doing a dirty-dancing style lift with her rugby player husband Ben Foden

Una and Ben married in her native Tipperary in 2012, after four years of dating, and the pair recently celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary last month.

There was no sign of trouble in their union at the time as they shared sweet Instagram posts to mark the occasion.

Una posted a picture of them on their wedding day and wrote: "#tb Saturday June 30th 2012. 6 years married to @ben_foden today! Happy Anniversary love you xx (sic)."

And Ben shared a picture of his wife, with the caption: "Six years of Marriage spent with this one @unahealy she must be doing something right - as they say 'time flies when you're having fun' and the last 6 years have flown by! Happy Anniversary beautiful  #6yearsmarried #benuna (sic)."

Ben Foden and Una Healy. The Saturdays singer has become mother to a baby girl. Credit: PA
Ben Foden and Una Healy. The Saturdays singer has become mother to a baby girl. Credit: PA

Una is preparing to go on her first solo tour.

Originally from Tipperary, she found fame as part of girlband The Saturdays, along with Mollie King, Vanessa White, Frankie Bridge and Rochelle Humes. She also worked as a judge on

The group sold seven million records after releasing their debut album in 2008 but split in 2014.

She released her debut solo album The Waiting Game, which she recorded in the home of country music - Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this year. She previously told how some of the songs she penned for the album were love songs to Ben.

“There are love songs to Ben. I’ve written lots of songs about Ben. There are some obvious ones about him,” Una told the Irish Sun.

“Ben’s not embarrassed. He loves it. He sings along to them now.”

She has previously worked on The Voice of Ireland. Recently, she saw another "dream" come true when she launched her 94-piece Una Healy Original shoe collection.

The mother-of-two was recently praised for opening up about about her experience with postnatal depression after welcoming son Tadgh (two) and sought help from her GP.

"It was a lonely time and I wasn’t helping the situation. I thought I would be fine, and could do it all because I’d had a child before. I had the support of my own mum and all my family, but I was putting so much pressure on myself to be a good mum, and started to feel alone and withdrawn," she told Entertainment Daily.

"Feeling sad, lonely or isolated shouldn't’t be a taboo, it’s a normal part of being a new mum."

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