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Friday 19 October 2018

Aoibhinn has changed my life, she is 'spectacular'

New Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy has opened up his heart and revealed all about the "spectacular" woman who helped transform his life.

Although he's notoriously private when it comes to personal matters, the charismatic presenter paid tribute to his gorgeous girlfriend Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain (26) in an exclusive interview with the Herald.

Their relationship that has intrigued the nation since they first went public on their romance -- and 36-year-old Ryan is clearly smitten with the brainy beauty.

However, there will be no chance of the former Rose of Tralee winner sitting in the studio as he makes his Late Late Show debut this Friday -- as Ryan said he'll already be too nervous.

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"She's proven to be a great support to me through this whole time. The women in my life are just spectacular," he said.

"But no, Aoibhinn won't be there on Friday. She wouldn't like that and I don't think I could handle it either."

And the quick-talking presenter insisted the former Rose of Tralee took no offence with his recent comments about how women from outside Dublin were "less fussy" than their city counterparts.

Speaking about his years as a gawky teenager, the dad of two has admitted that the south Dublin girls weren't always so kind to the beanpole star.

"I didn't mean they (country girls) were easy," he continued. "Why would somebody in my position say such a thing -- what fool would say that?

"What I meant was, and I'm probably going to make it worse now, but what I meant was the city girls when I was a teenager were so superficial that it means it was very much 'table for one, monsieur.'"

"Then it just turned out that when I started mixing with girls, mostly from Galway and Connemara, they were just kinder and they took more pity on me.

"There was just a much easier sense of interaction between us and I just got on better with them."

But luckily for the Blackrock native, Aoibhinn took his comments with a pinch of salt.

"She heard the laugh when she read the words because she knew they weren't meant as some big thesis on rural womanhood.

"It was a jokey comment on what it was like being a gawky teenager slash 20-something, slash 30-something for that matter.

"But that's the truth and things got better with the girls because they were nicer," he added.

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