Thursday 18 April 2019

Una Healy: I rarely get nervous... but live on Late Late anything can happen

I DON'T know what has me more excited -- Heineken Cup weekend or my appearance on the Late Late Show tonight.

My boyfriend Ben Foden is playing for Northampton against Castres tonight, but I'll be meeting Ryan Tubridy live on RTE.

And before anyone asks: No, I have no plans to get married... just yet, anyway.

Ben will be coming over to Dublin tomorrow. He plays rugby with Northampton Saints and England, and the Saints have a match tonight against Castres so he has decided not to fly into Dublin until the morning. We've been going out for almost two years now and we're very happy. We've been living together for quite a while and it's all going really well.

Of course we do get the wedding bells question all the time but for now we're very happy as we are. Maybe some day, down the line but there's no way either of us would have time to even think about planning a wedding or anything like that now as we're both so busy with work.

I've been going non-stop since first thing this morning as I had rehearsals with The Saturdays before leaving for Dublin.

It will be a bit of a rush to get to the airport on time ahead of my Late Late Show appearance but thankfully I have a great team behind me who always make it all happen smoothly.

I'm going to be performing with my uncle Declan Nerney, which is very exciting for us. We did actually perform together recently at the Drumlish Longford Music Festival.

It was a three-day festival, which took place in August. Declan was due to perform on the Friday night and he just asked me if I would be interested in joining him on stage so I jumped at the chance.

I just flew over for the night and was straight back to London the following morning. I'm glad that this time I'm staying for the full weekend and I'll actually get to celebrate my 29th birthday on Sunday, with my family.


I've been asking how many tickets I can get for the Late Late Show as there's a big gang planning on coming up from Thurles for the night.

This is the first time myself and Declan have ever done a TV show together so it's a pretty big deal for the family.

I've met Ryan Tubridy a couple of times and he's always very nice so hopefully he'll go easy on us. We're going to have a chat with him and then perform a song together. I can't say what it is yet, you'll have to tune in tonight to find out.

I'm not sure what the plan is for after the show. There was talk about heading into town but we might hang on until Saturday night when I'll be celebrating my birthday properly.

My parents are going to be in town as well so we'll go out for a nice dinner first and then there's a big group of us hitting town. The final destination is going to be Buck Whaley's on Leeson Street, where they've promised to look after myself and my friends for the night.

Ben and I are going to fly back to the UK together on Sunday afternoon as we both have work commitments in London on Monday.

I'll be back home for a long visit at Christmas so I'll catch up with everyone in Thurles then.

Unfortunately it doesn't look like any of the girls from the band, Rochelle, Mollie, Vanessa or Frankie, are going to be able to make it for my birthday but I'm not too upset as we'll have a celebration back in London next week instead.

We have a really busy schedule at the moment as our new book, The Saturdays, Our Story has just been released so we've been doing loads of publicity appearances and radio and press interviews all week.

Our new single Higher is also out this month which is exciting as we've collaborated with Flo Rida. We also met Ne-Yo recently and we were talking about working together on a single in the future which would be amazing as I'm a big fan.

It's a different direction for us as we haven't done collaborations like that before but I think Higher is definitely going to be a success. We actually performed it earlier this week when we appeared on the live final of Britain's Next Top Model.

I very rarely get nervous about anything these days as we've been at it so long now but I have to admit I was quite anxious about that.

After what happened on Australia's Next Top Model it just goes to show that anything can happen on a live show and you have no control over it.

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