Tubridy tightlipped over split

CHAT show king Ryan Tubridy is refusing to open up about his wilted romance with Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin.

The Late Late Show host and the former Rose of Tralee have split up after 18 months.

Aoibhinn, 27, who is believed to have called off the relationship, has not been photographed with Tubridy since May.

Rumours of the split began to circulate when Tubridy, 36, started appearing alone at social events, including the Electric Picnic earlier this month.

Tubridy, who earns almost €500,000 a year, has been working around the clock since taking on Gerry Ryan’s radio slot on RTÉ’s 2FM.

He was visibly upset when he and Aoibhinn attended Gerry Ryan’s funeral in Dublin last May.

As well as presenting the Late Late Show every Friday, Tubridy has been busy completing his book and television documentary about John F Kennedy’s 1963 visit to Ireland.

His work schedule is expected to become even more chaotic in November when he will tour the country signing his new book.

Tubridy has two children, five-year-old Julia and Ella, 10, from his marriage to RTÉ producer Anne Marie Power.

The broadcaster’s agent, Noel Kelly, said he would not comment on any aspect of his personal life.

Tubridy split from his wife in 2006 when their children were aged one and six. Both confirmed that the marriage was over, but there was no one else involved.

They had been together since 1997 after meeting at RTÉ, where she worked as a producer of Liveline and as a documentary maker.

He proposed to her on a Christmas Eve and announced the engagement in a newspaper as “Ella Tubridy is delighted to announce the engagement of her parents, Ryan and Anne Marie”.

Tubridy met Aoibhinn in February 2009 when he interviewed her on his Tubridy Tonight chat show and then asked her out for a cup of coffee.

The two tried to keep their relationship a secret for as long as possible. They were caught on camera during a visit to Powerscourt, Co Wicklow, months later.

Tubridy later agreed to be photographed with Aoibhinn at a Taste of Dublin in June 2009 and, over the past year, she has been spotted on numerous occasions in the Late Late Show audience.

He had always wanted to keep their relationship away from the glare of the media spotlight.

“I just happen to have met an exceptional person and we are both in the public eye. I am very protective of her and of us,” he said at the time.

Aoibhinn, who has a first-class degree in theoretical physics, is a secondary school teacher and part-time television panellist.

Last January Aoibhinn ruled out marriage to Ryan, insisting it was a “non-runner”.

She had always insisted that the only aisle she would be walking down with Ryan would be in a library.


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