Tuesday 16 January 2018

'People give up on their marriages too easily,' says Keith Duffy as he celebrates 20 years with Lisa


Keith and Lisa Duffy
Keith and Lisa Duffy

It's been the year of celebrity splits and Boyzone star Keith Duffy said some people "give up too easily" on their marriages.

The 41-year-old has been with other half Lisa for more than 20 years and said life just "wouldn't be the same without her".

The couple have two children together, Jay (19) and 15-year-old Mia.

"Marriage is like a friendship, or any relationship or partnership, it's all about compromise and understanding each other," he told the Herald.


"It's about trying to accept each other's faults and failings and also bringing out the best in each other.

"Like anything, it's not easy - it has to be worked on and a lot of people give up too easily I think, especially when they have kids."

Plenty of Hollywood celebrities have called time on their marriages this year, such as The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco and her husband Ryan Sweeting who were married for just 21 months and Halle Berry and Oliver Martinez who called time on their marriage after two years.

"Sometimes people are not meant to be together and they grow apart or whatever and that's their business," Duffy continued.

"I think Irish people still have the understanding of partnership, but certainly in the likes of the States, people have a row on Sunday morning and they're divorced by Wednesday.

"I had a son very early and it was very important for me to give him a very solid background and a secure upbringing and me and Lisa had to fight through whatever problems we had to stay together to give him that opportunity, and over the years you fall in love again.

"You become partners for life and it's about a lot more than love and marriage, it's about friendship and she's like my right arm, we just do everything together - it wouldn't be the same without her," he added.


The Donaghmede native has travelled the world and still gets excited to see Lisa when he's coming home.

"If I'm away for a long time, like I was in Asia, I was away for five or six weeks during the summer, it can be hard," he said.

"But when I'm coming back through Dublin airport, I still get butterflies in my stomach, I get a little bit excited so that has to stand for something."

Keith was speaking at the launch of the Irish Wheelchair Association's national fundraising campaign, Angels.

Today is a national collection day and angel pins and products will be sold nationwide for €2 each.

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