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Saturday 18 August 2018

Lottie's the picture of mum Morah

Close-up: Another Ryan shows she's got true star quality

SHE looks stunning in her biggest photo shoot yet -- but Lottie Ryan's pictures might cause you to do a double take.

In her shoot for the latest issue of VIP magazine, she's the picture of mum Morah, with the same command of the camera.

In her most revealing interview yet, Lottie reveals how she still feels late dad Gerry Ryan's presence.

The 25-year-old showbiz reporter, who last weekend picked up an IFTA on behalf of Gerry, said she has her own way of dealing with his tragic death on April 30, 2010.

Asked how she's feeling now, she replied: "I am very happy and content with my own personal knowledge. That gives me tremendous strength to carry on and be happy with my family and my life.

"Sometimes you find strength in trying to make someone proud and knowing that they're still with you. That's been my approach. Having a big family is also a blessing in tough times. We have been left with an amazing legacy and are very proud of our dad."

She also revealed how she deals with the immense media interest in her personal life.

"I think it's up to you to draw the line. You can choose to put yourself out there in a very personal way, or not to. You can get caught up in the nonsense of it all, or you can live a focused life. If there's something I really want, I go for it, so hopefully staying focused is going to keep me on the right path. It's also worth saying that it's not LA -- so it's not that bad. But yes, I do like having my life private where possible."

She said working in the media was always the obvious step for her -- and said her dad was always "super passionate" about his job.

"I suppose anyone who grows up in a family business, it's quite natural that the kids end up gravitating towards it," she said.

"I grew up watching someone who got up every morning happy to be going into work. I know some people have to do jobs they don't like to do, but my experience was seeing someone doing a job that made them happy going to work and happy coming home, even if that meant a 16-hour day.

"Once I found what I wanted to do, it didn't matter how hard it was going to be because I knew that I was going to be happy. These things don't come for free -- you're supposed to work hard for them."

She also hit back at suggestions she had it easier because of who she was.

"I don't know where that misconception comes from but I had a part-time job at 16, when I started teaching dancing. In our house, we all had to work if we wanted pocket money for ourselves," she said.

Read the full interview with Lottie Ryan in this month's VIP magazine, out now

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