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Una Healy's bandmates are said to be "rallying around her" since her ex-husband Ben Foden announced his marriage to his girlfriend of two weeks.

The 34-year-old rugby star revealed that his former wife Una gave him her "blessing" to re-marry only one year after their tumultuous separation.

Their marriage crumbled due to Foden's string of affairs, which were made public last year and led to a shocked Una calling time on their relationship.


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But according to reports, Rochelle Humes, Mollie King, Frankie Bridge and Vanessa White are supporting the singer after Ben’s surprise announcement.

A source told The Sun Online:

"The girls have all been there for Una. As soon as they heard what happened, Rochelle, Mollie, Vanessa and Frankie were straight on their phones as they were worried about their friend.

"They have rallied around to support her as they can only imagine what she is feeling. She's a strong woman, but her friends have let her know that they will be there for her through this as it is still a shock to the system that Ben would remarry so soon."


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Ben and Una share seven-year-old Aoife and four-year-old Tadgh together but announced via social media over the weekend that he'd tied the knot with New Yorker Jackie Belanoff Smith.

He captioned the image: “This last year has been by far my toughest and most turbulent for a number of reasons that many of you I’m sure are aware of, in some way or another.

“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 aplenty. 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."


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“People will say we are mad or crazy or even fools, as Jackie and I had only been dating seriously for a little over two weeks before deciding to get married. But when someone like her comes into your life, why would I wait?

He adds: “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 ex-wife Una Healy, who I love even more for her blessing.

"Life is short and you only get one and it’s worth living," he continued.


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"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."

He concludes; “She will be a great step mum to Aoife and Tadhg and offers me a future I can’t wait to explore with her."

We're glad Una has her best friends and bandmates around her for support, even though she's loved up herself. It must still be incredibly shocking to see your ex-husband remarry so promptly.

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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.


Una hasn't had an easy few weeks.

Her ex-husband Ben Foden admitting to his infidelity last week, but instead of dwelling on it, the former Saturdays singer stormed the runway at London Fashion Week and turned every head.

The 37-year-old appeared in Oxfam's Fashion Fighting Poverty Catwalk Show at Ambika 3 last night, showing off her fashionista roots.


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She captioned her Instagram post; 

"It was a real honour to walk the Oxfam #fashionfightingpoverty fashion show as part of London fashion week this evening", showing herself in a black svelte outfit with a plunging neckline. She's looking FIERCE.

The mum-of-two sported gorgeous black boots and loose black trousers, with her hair styled simply and tucked behind her ears. Very Parisian chic, we feel. 

She flashed a smile at the end of the catwalk, showing her excitement at representing the iconic charity in their fashion foray. 


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The glamorous Irish star could easily pursue a modelling career, she looks like she was born on the runway. We're glad she didn't let her ex-husband's confession dampen her moment.

In a recent interview, Ben admitted that he cheated on Una, but also claimed his infidelity wasn’t the only reason for the end of the relationship.

"At the moment anything that’s published about me is never very good and pretty rightly so because I was the one who committed adultery. But at the same time, it wasn’t the only reason for our divorce to go through."

"It’s not ideal, but we’re very amicable, we’re getting through it, we’re not the first people in the world to get divorced. We’ve got two little kids we adore," he concluded.


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Una is since loved up with her new boyfriend, Tipperary hurler David Breen, and appears unfazed by her ex.

She's absolutely slaying the fashion runway anyway, and for an unreal cause. Herself and fellow singer Emeli Sande walked alongside supermodels as they took to the catwalk for Oxfam’s show to highlight sustainable fashion.

The musicians joined top models Stella Tennant and Laura Bailey at the Fashion Fighting Poverty event, showcasing Oxfam clothes specially picked by stylist Bay Garnett from the organisation’s online and high street shops.

Fair play, gals.

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Una Healy has commented on her relationship with rugby player Ben Foden. The pair went their separate ways earlier this year when it was revealed that the sportsman had been cheating on the singer.

Speaking to Closer magazine on the Pride of Britain red carpet, Una confessed that one day she hopes to rekindle their friendship at some point in their lives.


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Things are obviously still quite raw, but she is hopeful about their future: “I want to stay friends with Ben.”

The mum-of-two explained she hopes they can be on good terms for the sake of their children: “He's the father of my children and he's in my life forever, so hopefully one day we can be friends.”

Una’s world was flipped upside down when reports emerged that Ben had been cheating on his wife of six years.


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Una told Best magazine at the same event that she is taking things slowly: “I’m taking it one day at a time. It’s all I can do right now.”

She admitted: “I’m focusing on the kids and just…getting on with things.”


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Una has praised her children- six-year-old Aoife and three-year-old Tadhg- for helping her get through this harrowing time.

She said focusing on her role as a mum has been a massive help to her. "I'm so lucky to have them. I never feel lonely or alone. They’re lovely company and have brought joy into my life.”

The singer said: “The most important job for me is to be the best parent I can and to provide and look after them. They’re my priority."

We love how positive Una is about her future.



The Saturdays singer Una Healy has opened up about her devastating split from her husband of over six years, Ben Foden.

In an interview with HELLO, Healy says that she's trying to remain positive, despite her life being "turned upside down," and is focusing on being a mum to her two young children, six-year-old Aoife and three-year-old son Tadhg.     


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"My life has been turned upside down," she said. "I’m taking each day as it comes and just being there for my children."

Since news of their separation emerged, Healy hasn't spoken of the reasons for it (though it reportedly is due to Foden being unfaithful), but now says she's trying to make the best of what is a turbulent situation, channelling her energies into her family and songwriting. 

She's also opted for a more visual change, and dyed her auburn hair blonde. Channelling SJP in a moving-on-from-Mr-Big kinda way or simply wanting a different look, the timing surely isn't incidental.


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"I’ve had the same colour hair forever and just fancied a change," she said.

The 36-year-old says the support she's received from family, friends and fans has helped her push through and refocus – the couple were due to move their family to New York so that Foden could take up a new job with Rugby United when news of a 'scandal' was reported and he flew to New York solo while Una returned to her native Tipperary.   


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"They’ve been rallying around when times are tough," she continued. "I’ve been sent letters that are really supportive, too. "Life is tough, but you’ve got to keep a positive attitude. Time is a healer as well. Someone told me: 'Don’t look back; you’re not going that way.' These words inspire me, as does the famous quote of Winston Churchill: 'If you’re going through hell, keep going.'"

Her focus now, she says, is firmly on her family and children, who she says, she's incredibly lucky to have. 

"I'm so lucky to have them," she says. "I never feel lonely or alone. They’re lovely company and have brought joy into my life. The most important job for me is to be the best parent I can and to provide and look after them. They’re my priority."


Una Healy and English rugby player Ben Foden have gone their separate ways.

A spokesperson on behalf of the singer confirmed the pair had split.

The news comes just weeks after the couple celebrated their six-year wedding anniversary on June 30.


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It is understood that Una and Ben had been planning to move their family to the US in a few days, reports the Sun.

The couple have two children together, six-year-old Aoife Belle, and Tadhg John, who is three years of age.

However, Una has now reportedly returned to her native Ireland to her mum, along with Aoife and Tadhg. 


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It is believed that Ben will still relocate to New York, reports the Sun.

The 33-year-old rugby union player signed for Rugby United New York after ending his career with Premiership club Northampton Saints.


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Speaking to the Sun, the Saturdays singer's spokeswoman said:

“I can confirm Una and Ben have separated and she’s in Ireland with her mum and kids, but there will be no further comment to make.”

The pair had tied the knot in Ireland at Kilshane House in Co Tipperary in June 2012.



They've been married for four years, but it doesn't look like the romance between Una Healy and Ben Foden is going to fizzle out anytime soon.

The couple are over in Sardinia at the moment to celebrate their wedding anniversary, and they looked SO loved up.

They each shared pictures of their other half on social media, and it's legit making us cry because they both just look so god damn GOOD.

Taking to Instagram, Ben shared a photo of his wife sitting on some rocks and compared her to a Bond girl – and we have to agree with him, Una looks amazing in the glistening sun.

He captioned the pic: "Think I've just spotted the next Bond girl, saw her lying on a couple of rocks in Sardinia? #00heaven."

Una also took to the social media site to show off her hubby (and his six pack):


True blue baby I love you

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She captioned the snap: "True blue baby I love you."

Lads, if we're this much in love when we're married, it will be *bliss*.


She's one-fifth of the always beautiful The Saturdays – and probably one of the biggest hotties that Thurles has ever produced. 

And while being rich and famous definitely boosts what nature already gave you (oh, and the gorgeous rugby star husband probably helps too) – it's now evident that Una Foden has always been a total stunner. 


#throwback me and @sineadmarylucia xx

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Indeed, sharing a throwback snap from her Debs on her Instagram account, the 33-year-old looks fresh-faced and striking wearing a simple black, satin gown. 

With minimal make-up on, she wears her auburn hair down around her shoulders. 

The Voice Of Ireland judge attended Presentation Thurles from 1994 until 2000 – the same year her Debs took place. Unsurprisingly, she gained an A in music in both her Junior and Leaving Certs.

It's certainly Debs season at the moment – and the inaugural SHEmazing! Debs survey, released earlier today, shows that some Irish gals are forking out in excess of €1,000 on their Big Night. 

Una, of course, has been married to Ben Foden for three-and-a-half years. Together, they have two children: Aoife, three, and Tadhg, six months.


She made a name for herself as one-fifth of mega-selling The Saturdays – and became a celeb couple stable when she married her rugby player beau, Ben, 30, three years ago.

But despite being based across the water for the best part of decade, Una Foden admits that she still pines for her native Tipperary.

"I love coming home to my family and all that," she reveals. "It's always going to be 'home home' to me.”

As for setting up a more permanent base in Ireland, the singer hints: “You never know… maybe if I can convince Ben to play for Munster!”

Of course, Una has been taking some well-deserved down-time since giving birth to her second child, a son they named Tadhg, back in February.

But in conversation with SHEmazing! she reveals that she’s nearly ready to get back to the grindstone.

Indeed, the 33-year-old musician has just signed up for another series of The Voice Of Ireland. And after mentoring last season's winner, Patrick Donoghue, she understandably can't wait to return.

"I've just signed my contract actually," she tells us at the launch of RTÉ's autumn schedule in Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre.

So will Rachel Stevens, Kian Egan and Bressie all be back in the famous red chairs this year too? “I can't say anything, but I'd love it to be the same three again,” she explains.

With the family-of-four just recently moving into a swish new abode in Northampton, Una will be commuting on a regular basis between there and Dublin once filming kicks off in October.

Now juggling the demands of her toddler daughter, Aoife Belle, as well as baby Tadhg, Una is nevertheless looking as slim as ever in a grey and black floral minidress by Victoria Beckham. In fact, you'd never guess that Una has given birth just six months ago.

"I stayed fit and healthy during my pregnancy," she reveals. "So I had about a stone to lose after. But I didn't put any pressure on myself.

"Even on The Voice, I worked with the stylist during my pregnancy and I just wore clothes a size bigger so I'd be comfortable."

She mightn't put the pressure on in terms of body image, but when it comes to mentoring her acts on The Voice, Ms Foden definitely pushes herself as hard as she can. "I'll be competitive from the word 'go,'" she laughs.

The singer and her fellow coach Kian Egan were notorious for their bickering on the last series of the hit show, and although the pair are pals off air, Una says the arguments were never fake.

"They were very much genuine on the night!" she explains. "But we do get on really."


Back in the studio writing today

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As for Una's own singing career, while The Saturdays are still on extended hiatus we could finally get to hear some solo work in 2016: "I've been taking time out but I have written a lot and I do hope to start next year," she reports.

Two kids, a solo career, a TV talent show AND a plan to bring Ben and the Munster team together? Sounds like the next 12 months will be very busy for Una.



Could this be the most gorgeous family we've ever seen?!

Una Foden from the Saturdays welcomed her second child last month, a little boy named Tadhg.

Some professional photos of Una's new arrival  were alredy shared in a recent issue of Hello! as part of a spread featuring Una, her husband Ben and daughter Aoife Belle.

However the singer has now shared some candid snaps of little Tadhg being cuddled at home, and it's clear he's inherited his parents good looks! Last night Una posted this beautiful snap of Ben cradling his son, with the caption, "my heart could burst with how in love I am x"

Those cheeks – we're smitten!

She also shared a sweet picture of Tadhg on his own with the caption, "#Tadhg 5 weeks old". We can't get over his big brown eyes… what a beaut!

It's not just Una and Ben who are enjoying their new arrival – little Aoife Belle, who turns three tomorrow, is already settling into the role of big sister:

We're so delighted for this growing family!



Irish singer Una Foden has discovered the sex of her new baby, and she is delighted with the news! 

The Saturdays singer is expecting a little boy with husband Ben. 

That is going to be one handsome little man!

Una admitted she was shocked when she first heard the news. "I was actually a little bit taken aback when we found out we were going to have a son," she told Hello! magazine. "But now I'm over the moon and can't wait to meet our little boy."

Ben, however, wasn't quite so surprised! "Ben was adamant from the moment we knew we'd conceived again that we were having a boy," said Una.

The couple already have one child together, the adorable two-year-old Aoife Belle. Just look at that gorgeous family!

In a separate interview, Ben revealed how proud he was of his wife's strength and hard work. "Una's been great,' he said. 'Going on that big tour performing every night on stage is a big ask for someone who is carrying a child so I couldn't be prouder. She's done really well so far."

And if this tweet from Una is anything to go by, Ben was every bit the doting husband as the star celebrated her 33rd birthday over the weekend:

The couple announced they were expecting in September, by posting a sweet picture of Aoife Belle in a t-shirt which said "I'm going to be a big sister." 




The Saturdays star Una Foden shared the most adorable picture EVER after her hubby Ben’s big rugby championship win at the weekend.

Una was joined by her daughter Aoife Belle as she made her way onto the pitch to congratulate England rugby player Ben after the match.

The Tipperary singer shared a super sweet snap of Ben’s special moment, captioned, “We’re so proud of him x”, after his team the Northampthon Saints’ victory in London.

Ben and Una began dating in 2008 and the couple tied the knot in June 2012 after welcoming baby daughter Aoife Belle into the world three months earlier.

What a lovely family!