Xpose host Cassie Stokes 'so lucky' that girlfriend Kathleen moved to Ireland to be with her
Cassie Stokes says she feels "lucky" that her girlfriend Kathleen Gauvin decided to leave her life in Canada behind and move to Ireland to be with her.
The Dundrum woman (29) had dated Kathleen for several years while they both lived in Toronto but they split up shortly before Cassie returned home last year to host Xpose.
After almost a year apart, the pair rekindled their romance and Kathleen decided to settle in Dublin so they could be together.
"It's going great, we are back together and happy. It's going brilliant. She's really enjoying being in Ireland. She had only been here for a wedding once so it's lovely to have her here and I'm lucky that she's loving it.
"She thinks Irish people are the most amazing people ever," she said.
They have been inseparable since getting back together and recently celebrated Kathleen's 30th birthday at Las Tapas De Lola restaurant in the capital.
Sharing a photo of the pair on Instagram, Cassie said she felt lucky Kathleen had ever looked her way.
"Happy birthday to this one, I'm lucky you even looked my way once and thankful you continue to. Here's to many more laughs and smiles and 30th birthdays...I mean 25th birthdays," she wrote.
With only three permanent hosts remaining on Xpose, Cassie has her work cut out for her for the next few months, but she's up for the challenge.
"We will probably go on a quick holiday but that's it. Then it's work, work, work. I think I'm a workaholic, which is fine. I'll rest when I'm dead," she told the Diary.
The Xpose office will be busy over the coming months as the show is set to have several guest presenters fill in for Ruth O'Neill who recently departed.
Thalia Heffernan co-hosted for a week while Celebrity Big Brother star Jonathan Cheban was also slated to make an appearance before being forced to cancel at the last minute due to other commitments.
Cassie had been working in London just before she landed her Xpose gig. The TV presenter reckons she always would have ended up back home even if she had not been chosen for the show.
"I was working in a digital agency so I'd say I would still be there now. Although I probably would have ended up back here one day anyway," she said.
Speaking at the launch of this year's Dublin Horse Show in Weir & Sons, Cassie will serve as MC for Ladies Day at the event.
"I think every woman is into fashion. Especially working on the show I work on, you have to be on top of the trends," she said.
The Dublin Horse Show runs from August 9-13 with Ladies Day on the 10th