Yvonne Connolly has revealed exactly how she went about finding out the details of her ex-husband Ronan’s affair.
Ronan, who is now married to Storm Keating, shocked fans in 2012 after admitting he had been having an affair with a dancer from his tour, Francine, the previous year.
The couple had been married since 1998 and shared three children.
Speaking on Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge last night, Yvonne revealed she realised initially found out Ronan was having an affair by his phone bills, but decided to meet with the girl involved to get the details herself, to see if they matched Ronan’s story, RSVP Live reports .
The former model shared her story after discussing Sharon Osbourne slipping husband Ozzy painkillers in a bid to make him confess to having an affair, saying: “I probably have done crazy things when similar things happened to me.”
She added: “Drugging someone is a lot… but women do whatever they have to do to extract the truth. I didn’t have to go that far! I did things that make me laugh now — they didn’t make me laugh at the time.
“I did get in touch with the girl involved, and I arranged to meet her in a hotel — my hotel, which she did.
“I just needed answers. I just needed the truth, and I needed to make sure stories collaborated. It was very hard to figure out who you can trust. So this was the answer to it — I was going to meet this girl, a quick 20-minute conversation, and we’d be done and dusted.
“And in fairness to her, she came and met me. But the 20-minute conversation turned into a couple of bottles of wine and hours later.”
An incredulous Brendan O’Connor asked if she and Francine ‘got on’ in the end to which, Yvonne replied: “Strangely enough, we actually did”.
“After a few hours I realised she needed it as much as I did and I know it sounds very dramatic, but she was as much as a victim as I was. I think we both got something from it.
“Oddly, when we were saying our goodbyes, we gave each other a hug and wished each other well. It was really like ‘oh my God’ and we both just thought ‘this is a weird situation, we have found ourselves in a crazy situation’.”
Not only that, but Yvonne confessed the police had been called on her by Francine’s mother after her daughter had still not returned after a matter of hours, worried about her whereabouts.
Yvonne revealed she initially thought they were joking and must be strippers, telling Brendan: “There was a knock on the door and I looked out through the peephole and I saw people dressed as policemen”
“I said to them, ‘Tell me you’re strippers’, to which I was told, ‘No we’re the Metropolitan Police and we’ve come to investigate the whereabout of this girl’.”
“I thought they were strippers! And they had the manager of the hotel, and they had some staff members, I mean, honestly, I’m one woman, they had about eight people”.
She added: “To this day, it’s like that happened to somebody else, I just think it’s the funniest story. I was the crazy woman that Sharon Osbourne was”.
Other issues discussed on the show were feminism, with Brendan asking her was she happy to give up work and did she feel personal fulfilment when she had her children with ex-husband Ronan Keating.
“At the time, I felt perfectly fulfilled,” Yvonne said.
“Looking back I wish I could have had more of an identity.”
“When my marriage [to Ronan] broke up, I regained my identity and confidence.”
Viewers of Cutting Edge praised Yvonne’s appearance on the show, and complimented her on Twitter for her honesty.
One viewer wrote: “Loving Yvonne Connolly’s honesty!”
“So impressed with the wise words from @ConnollyYvonne tonight on #CuttingEdge. I totally understand what she means about her relationship with her Dad,” remarked fellow presenter Nuala Carey.
A third added: “In awe of how classy Yvonne Connolly is on @CuttingEdgeRTE .”
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Source: Celebrity News Ireland