Michele's single after split from rugby hunk
MODEL Michele McGrath is back on the market after splitting from her rugby hunk boyfriend.
The Diary can reveal how the well-known model and panto princess (26) will be spending Valentine's Day with her gal pals after parting ways with Mark Siddons.
The Bucks Townhouse hostess split from the Welsh sports star (25) several months ago, but had been keeping it under wraps as she came to terms with it.
The pair had been dating for more than two and a half years as they juggled their long-distance relationship with their hectic careers, given that he plays with an Italian team in Rome.
"Michele and Mark are still really good friends, he's a fantastic guy but it was just too hard to keep going back and forth to each other all the time," said a pal.
"She eventually decided to call it a day as she has been so busy with the panto and working in the club that it was just too hard making time to fly over and see him in Italy.
"He even went to Australia for a while after being loaned out to a team in Sydney, so that made things extra hard. They did their best but eventually you have to ask 'where's this going?'
"Of course she was upset about it but she knows it's for the best. It was a case of the right guy, wrong time. She's just going to concentrate on work now and try and have some fun."
She has been spending lots of time recently with best pals Georgia Salpa, Karena Graham and Louise Kavanagh.
Tongues had been wagging that perhaps she and Mark had gone their separate ways after he was absent from Dublin over Christmas.
He had been a regular visitor to these shores as he supported Michele in her various projects.
But she's now heading over to the Canaries next week to soak up some sunshine as she has a well-earned break.
One of Ireland's best-known models, she spent more than a month treading the boards in the Tivoli Theatre for her role in Sleeping Beauty as Queen Kardashian.
A part she was originally meant to share with Georgia, she ended up playing the role by herself after her pal went into the Celebrity Big Brother house.
She also works as a PR manager in Bucks Townhouse, where she spends her weekends welcoming in the city's celebs into the Leeson Street club.