'I am loving married life', says Bowe at graduation
Irish rugby star Tommy Bowe has opened up for the first time about married life.
The Ulster and Ireland player (31) wed nurse Lucy Whitehouse last June and he's still basking in newlywed bliss at the Belfast home he shares with his wife.
"To be honest, married life has been great, but since coming back from the honeymoon, I went straight off to the training for the World Cup. Then there was the World Cup and I've come back with an injured knee, so I think Lucy is sick of me at this stage," Tommy told the Herald.
"The wedding was brilliant, we had a super summer and I suppose it's just a case of trying to get back to normality now. Me being on crutches hasn't helped."
Bowe suffered an injury to his knee ligaments during Ireland's quarter-final clash against Argentina and is still recovering from surgery.
"With the World Cup, the build up is so big, we had an 11-week pre-season where I was in Dublin, Cork or Galway - I was all over Ireland, so I wasn't getting to see Lucy," he said.
"You're home for one or two nights of the week and then you're away for six, seven weeks, so it's a long time apart. She was able to come to matches and support, but now that I'm back home, it's nice to just get back into your own bed, lay up on your sofa and have home-cooked food.
"We're playing the sport that we love and we're very fortunate.
"It's probably the wives and girlfriends who suffer the brunt of it."
Tommy certainly hasn't been resting on his laurels at home. Yesterday, he graduated with a post-graduate diploma in business management from Hibernia College and the University of London and he has been busy working on further expanding his XV Kings clothing collection.
He has turned into something of a tour de force in fashion since launching his debut shoe range with Irish company Lloyd & Pryce in 2012. Last year, he expanded into a clothing range and it now boasts a collection of more than 60 pieces.
"We're still very new to the whole clothing scene, it only started really in 2013. We're trying to expand it and improve it as each season has gone on," hesaid.
"I try to get as involved as I can. With the shoes at the very start, it was very difficult for me because I didn't know really what styles sell."
While often heralded as one of Ireland's most stylish men, he admitted his personal style didn't always appeal to the masses.
"I found it strange at the start because I figured everything I liked would sell really well," he said.
"It's not always about what you like. My favourite pair of shoes . . . they bombed. That takes getting used to, but that's where experience comes in."