'I don't regret hurling red wine, I wanted to kill him,' reveals Brian
SINGER/songwriter Brian Kennedy has "no regrets" about chucking a glass of red wine at scribbler Paul Martin.
And the Eurovision contestant has revealed that far from making up with the showbiz reporter, things have soured even more since they took part in Celebrity Come Dine With Me Ireland.
Belfast-born Brian and the journalist had a massive falling-out during the TV3 show, which airs all this week, escalating in them throwing glasses of wine over each other.
But the singer said that the tabloid hack wound him up so much over the course of the week, he was left with no other option.
"If it was just one dinner party, he wouldn't have gotten a glass of wine over him but by night five, I wanted to kill him. The only regret I had is that it was a lovely glass of wine," he told the Herald.
"It's such an unnatural situation where you have to spend five nights in a row having dinner with these people who you don't really know. By night three, you've kind of run out of things to say to each other.
"Paul likes to wind people up and see what buttons he can push. That's what he does for a living and if I thought I disliked Paul before the show, it made me confirm all the worst things about him, times 100.
"He likes attention and has a bigger ego than any singer I've ever met. When he arrived at my house, I thought 'God I can't believe I'm going to spend five evenings with this f**ker.' I thought he interviewed celebrities, so how can he be one himself?"
The RTE Voice of Ireland mentor added how he and the scribbler had never got on and things came to boiling point by Friday night, which was hosted by actor George McMahon, aka Mondo from Fair City. Viewers will see the explosive scene on Friday night.
Other participants in this week's series included Ireland AM personality Noel Cunningham and top model Rozanna Purcell -- with a massive 552,000 watching last Monday night's programme.
"Paul has been indiscreet about me in the past but I'm old enough to take it on the chin and it takes a lot for me to even want to do something like that. I'm a lover, not a fighter but I've never met anyone I got on with less. His job was to cause trouble," Brian continued.
Brian even offered to come back and paint George's dining room wall in his apartment -- until the actor explained that he was redecorating his home anyway.
Asked if he and the tabloid reporter had managed to reconcile their differences, Brian replied: "God no, quite the opposite. The producers were trying to get us to do that alright but both of us refused."
However, he has no regrets about taking part in the show saying that he "loved the challenge of it... Noel turned out to be the kind of guy you would have as your best friend, he immediately endeared himself to me. So did Roz, she was lovely and smart and I thought George was great."
Meanwhile, George has admitted that he still hasn't got round to repainting his apartment wall in the wake of 'Winegate' as he has been so busy starring in the panto Aladdin.
"I've been so busy I didn't get a chance yet so the stains are still there as a souvenir for me. I've had house parties before where fights have broken out but I didn't think that was going to happen in front of the cameras, I thought they would have more sense than that," he said.
"I thought Brian and Paul would go full circle and make up by the end of the week but things just went from bad to worse."