Sunday 22 April 2018

Reunited and it feels so good: Kenny Egan is back in the arms of ex-girlfriend Karen, five years after split

Kenny Egan and Karen Sullivan and his mum Maura when he arrived back in Dublin airport in 2008.
Kenny Egan and Karen Sullivan and his mum Maura when he arrived back in Dublin airport in 2008.
Kenny Egan's mother Maura and his girlfriend Karen Sullivan at home in Clondalkin.
Karen Sullivan watches Kenny Egan's Olympic fight in 2008.
Olympic Boxer Kenny Egan with his then partner Sharon McHugh at Leopardstown races in 2011.
At the launch of 'Kenny Egan My Story' at Krystle in 2011.
Kenny Egan in Beijing in 2008 when he won silver.
26 August 2008; The Irish Olympic Team, including silver medallist Kenny Egan, left, bronze medallist Darren Sutherland, right, and bronze medallist Paddy Barnes, arrive at Dublin Airport, Dublin. Photo: David Maher / Sportsfile.
Silver medallist Kenny Egan is greeted by supporters at Neilstown, Clondalkin, Co Dublin, in an open-top bus
Peter Taylor and Kenny Egan share a joke on stage at the offical homecoming of the Irish Olympic team on Dawson Street in Dublin.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen with the five members of the Irish Olympic boxing team that competed in Beijing at Government Buildings yesterday. From left: John Joe Joyce, bronze medallist Darren Sutherland, silver medallist and team captain Kenny Egan, bronze medallist Paddy Barnes, and John Joe Nevin
Kenneth sporting his now infamous stone washed jacket. Photo: Kenneth Egan/Twitter

OLYMPIC boxer Kenny Egan has rekindled his relationship with his first love Karen O'Sullivan, it has been revealed.

The coach on Ireland's Fittest Families split from Karen shortly after his return from the Beijing Olympics in 2008.  The couple had been dating for a year before Kenny found fame following his Olympic silver medal win.

Karen was featured heavily in media coverage at the time when thousands descended on their neighbourhood of Clondalkin.  But the ensuing fame and attention put pressure on the couple who went their separate ways that October after posing for a spread in VIP magazine. 

In his autobiography 'Kenny Egan – My Story' he unveiled the shocking story of the aftermath of his win, his addictions to porn, booze and escort girls as he slid to rock bottom.

“Sometimes I wish Beijing never happened because it seems cheap to sell yourself for just a single piece of silver," he said.

The boxer, who is now training to be an addiction counsellor, enjoyed flings with reality TV stars Bianca Gascoigne and Chanelle Houghton as well army officer Collette McBarron. He was also in a long term relationship with PR girl Sharon McHugh.

Now he has said that he hopes to become an addiction counsellor as his experiences can help him relate to others in the same situation he found himself.

And it seems the quote from Kenny on the wall of the High Performance gym on South Circular Road that reads: "It's okay to make mistakes, so long as you learn from them," is ringing true for him as he has confirmed his relationship with Karen is back on track: "Yes we are back in each other's lives and I'm a lucky man to have her," he told one reporter. 






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