Cheryl misses bash to comfort grieving Louis
Cheryl Cole skipped a party in her honour to comfort fellow X Factor judge Louis Walsh over the death of Gerry Ryan.
The Girls Aloud beauty missed out on a special party at Lillie's Bordello after her performance in The O2 last night, instead opting to comfort her pal, the Herald can reveal.
Cheryl (26) was in town to support the Black Eyed Peas at two sell-out concerts last night and Saturday night and was expected to attend a party with the US band in the Grafton Street hotspot, but chose to return to her hotel, to meet up with the Mayo media mogul.
The Girls Aloud singer met with a grieving Walsh at the plush Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge, where she offered him kind words of support.
Louis, who enjoyed a close friendship with the late broadcaster, is said to be devastated by his sudden death, and revealed that he had shared dinner with Gerry and his partner Melanie Verwoerd only the night before his tragic passing.
The music boss revealed that he bumped into his old friend while dining out in an upscale Donnybrook restaurant, adding that he had "the best gossip" with the late star.
But as some of Ireland's best known personalities continue to mourn the RTE legend, number one band Westlife will be taking over the 2fm airwaves today.
The boys had already arranged to do a bank holiday special, which has been promoted by the station for more than a week now. Westlife had spent some time in the studio with Gerry last week as they prepared for the one-off programme.
Ryan's fellow DJ Nikki Hayes revealed that the late star would have wanted the special show to go-ahead. "He was a big supporter of Westlife and he would wanted it to go ahead as normal," she said.
Meanwhile, station bosses are said to be "at a loss" to fill the remaining four slots between 9-11am this week.
The Herald understands that a temporary host will be asked to stand-in while they consider how best to replace Ryan.
An RTE spokesperson said that it was still "too early" to begin searching for a replacement host as staff in Montrose are still mourning.