Ben Foden marries Jackie Belanoff Smith after two weeks of dating

Una Healy’s ex-husband has revealed he has married his girlfriend of two weeks. The sportsman confirmed the news on Instagram this afternoon.

He explained that the past year has been the toughest and most turbulent year of his life. 

“The world has a funny way of working things out, many people think I’m a bad person – as I’m sure they’ll be many nasty comments left under this post by keyboard warriors a plenty,” he wrote.

Ben explained that he knew Jackie Belanoff Smith was ‘the one’ when they met.


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“But I met a girl who seriously swept me off my feet and in a time of hardship showed me love, a deep devoted love. People will say we are mad or crazy or even fools, as @snackyjax and I had only been dating seriously for a little over 2 weeks before deciding to get married. But when someone like her comes in to your life, why would I wait?” he said.

He added, “The people who needed to know, such as close family and friends were told before anyone else and they are happy for me including my beautiful X wife @unahealy who I love even more for her blessing.”

The dad gushed about his new wife, "Jackie is the greatest human being I’ve ever come across – she’s beautiful inside and out, intelligent, charming, funny, generous, kind, gentle, energetic, the list goes on.”

“She will be a great step mum to Aoife and Tadhg and offers me a future I can’t wait to explore with her. My heart is full and I honestly couldn’t be happier, so those that want to bring negativity or try and tear me down go ahead. 


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“My life is great and I hope you all will one day feel happiness like I feel while I write this caption. I love you @snackyjax I can’t wait to see where our lives lead together you brought excitement and joy to my life and I couldn’t be prouder having stand at my side as Mrs Foden.”

Ben was married to Una Healy for six years.