Una Healy candidly opens up on Ben Foden divorce ‘hell’ and says she ‘stays strong’ for the sake of their children
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Una Healy has candidly spoken out on her divorce “hell” after her split from Ben Foden.
Former The Saturdays singer Una, 38, admitted she “had to stay strong” for her two children Tadhg and Aoife, who she shares with her ex husband Ben, 35, throughout their split in 2018.
Speaking candidly to The Sun’s Fabulous magazine she said: “When you’re in hell, you can’t go round it, you have to go through it. It’s the only way.
“For the sake of the kids I had to stay strong. Obviously they’ve seen me upset, and there have been moments where I’ve just started crying, but both of them would come up and give me a hug or write little notes saying ‘I love you’ and I knew I had to pull myself out of it.
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“Everything is for them. They are the most important thing in my life and I have to guide them now.”
Una candidly said she was rattled by rugby player Ben’s new romance with Jackie Belanoff as the star didn’t expect her marriage to end with divorce.
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She said: “Divorce is a tough old thing to go through.
“You don’t walk down the aisle expecting this to happen. You hope it’s going to be forever and you don’t marry with any other intention.
“And when it doesn’t work out, it’s devastating. Totally devastating.
“So that was hard enough, but last summer when he got married again, that was a big shock to me. I was like: ‘Woah, what is this?’
“It was something else I had to get my head around. But life goes on, doesn’t it?”
Making a dig at her ex she added: “It just moves faster for some than others, obviously!”
Una also opened up on her co-parenting struggles with Ben, who now lives in America with his wife and new child.
She said: “Him living in America makes it difficult because it means we can’t really co-parent. So I’m the primary carer for the kids and they’re with me all the time. But any time he can get to have them for a period of time, it’s good.
“They’ve only been out there once and I guess they found it exciting. I try to keep as positive as I can about the situation and point out that they’re lucky to get to go to America and have fun, while I have a couple of weeks off myself – to maybe go on a holiday, too. So I try and see the positives of it.”
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The Saturdays star Una then said she is grateful for her marriage as it gave her her two beautiful children.
She said: “Marriage is just a day you sign a paper. A relationship is so much more, and some relationships aren’t meant to be forever.
“The relationship was meant to be – I wouldn’t have my two gorgeous children if it wasn’t for it – so I could never look back and regret it. I just know now it wasn’t meant to be forever.
“I don’t actually think Tadhg has any memory of us all being together as a family. It’s normal for him. And for Aoife too now.
“If they looked around them and all they saw were happy families, then that might be different for them with their mummy and daddy not being together, but they don’t feel like the odd ones out. And there is so much love around them – they couldn’t be more loved.”
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