Wednesday 26 September 2018

Engaged Rory 'deserves to be happy' says Nadia

Model Nadia Forde has wished Rory McIlroy all the best on his recent engagement
Model Nadia Forde has wished Rory McIlroy all the best on his recent engagement
Gareth Lambe, head of Facebook Ireland, and Rory McIlroy at Facebook International headquarters in Dublin

Nadia Forde has wished Rory McIlroy all the best on his recent engagement.

The top model and reality star (26) has said she has nothing but good wishes for the former World No 1, who popped the question to Erica Stoll in Paris recently.

"Of course I wish him well. Everyone deserves to be happy," she told the Herald.

The I'm a Celebrity… star was previously linked with the Down native - but they have always insisted that they're just good friends.

She was speaking as Rory was in town to meet the Dublin staff of social media giant Facebook, having built up quite the following online.


"What better way to celebrate 1 million fans than at Facebook's offices," he posted.

Meanwhile, Clontarf native Nadia has said losing her mum Berenice after a long battle with cancer earlier this year has put everything into perspective.

The pair had been estranged for several years but they had managed to renew their relationship before her mum died last June.

The model, who's now based in Bristol, said the first Christmas was going to be "difficult".

"It's an interesting one, because it's not like my Christmas Days had been filled with my mum before - so from that scenario it's not too different," she said.

"But I'm sad that she's not going to have a Christmas, so we're not going to spend it in Ireland this year. We're going to spend it in the UK with family."

The singer and model added how she'll be jetting over to Manchester with her brother, Stephen, and her granny, Bernie, to meet up with her relatives.

"We'll have a nice Christmas, but not around where all the memories are right now. It's only been six months, so it's still early days," she said.

She added how she no longer sweats the small stuff as a result of her mum's passing - and has vowed to only do things that make her happy in 2016.

"I feel like this year has been amazing in some ways," she said. "Obviously, I've met my boyfriend and I've had a great year with work, but then there was a dark side too.

"I think when you see somebody lose their life, it changes everything - so I think you just work through your priorities.

"I'll do the work projects that I really love to do but that kind of over-working thing is gone for me at this stage."

She's looking forward to spending her first Christmas with her rugby boyfriend Dominic Day, who plays for Bath.

"We'll definitely see each other over Christmas. He has a game on St Stephen's Day, so we'll spend the day after together," she added.

Speaking at the launch of Winter Funderland in the RDS, she said things couldn't be going better between the pair.

"We were only just saying, 'How long are we together?', and we were counting it up, trying to actually pin the date down," she added.


"So we're not even together a year, and he says 'God it feels like 10!'"

She added how she didn't have any particular Christmas wish list this year.

"I just want to be with Dom, my family and my brother and then I'm not too fussed. I have everything that I need," she added.

And while children aren't on the horizon for her yet, she has extended her congratulations to fellow Irish model Georgia Penna.

Georgia has had twin boys with hubbie Joe Penna.

"I think it's amazing. I say congrats to her. I wish her well and am sure she'll be a great mum," she added.

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