Una Healy describes her recent divorce as ‘traumatic’ in podcast interview

Una Healy has opened up about co-parenting with her ex-husband Ben Foden after their “traumatic” divorce.

The singer and former member of The Saturdays split from the rugby player after six years of marriage in 2018.

Speaking on the Mamia and Me Podcast, she admitted she had a tough time during their divorce, saying: “I think anyone that goes through a divorce, it doesn’t matter if you are in the public eye or not, it doesn’t make it any easier or harder it is the very same.

“And I have a lot of friends who have gone through it too, and it is just so traumatic, so traumatic.

“All I can say is you just have to brace yourself for it for anyone going through it, you’ll get through it but it takes a while. And then you just have to go ok where am I now, how am I going to do this…”

The Tipperary native added: “You just have to manage it the best you can and accept it…It took me awhile to get over the you feel a bit bitter and a bit like oh why did this happen to me… and look at all these family units aren’t they so lucky.

“Especially in Ireland because the divorce rate in the UK is 50pc but you come back to Ireland and no one’s divorced and you feel very like ‘Is it just me so?’

“In the UK so many of my friends were in the same boat, but not so much here.

“But I’ve really just come to terms with it now and I see how happy my kids are. And they love Ireland and they love Thurles and it was the best decision I ever made to move back home. And I see myself staying here now.”

Una moved back to her native Thurles during the pandemic after 13 years living in the UK, taking her children Aoife (11) and Tadhg (8) with her.

She and Ben, who lives in New York with his new wife Jackie, co-parent their two kids and she shared some advice for other divorcees.

“I always would recommend to anyone to allow the other parent to see them as much as they want,” she said.

“Because he doesn’t live down the road, it can’t be every other weekend.

“So basically they spend half their summer with him, and this year they were in New York for a month. And then they might see him again at Halloween and Christmas and holiday times, so that’s how we do it. “But I always say to him whenever you want to come see them they are here or if you want to take them away for their holidays do that too…

“As long as my children are loved and protected and happy that’s all that matters.”

The 42-year-old said there are some benefits to her split from her ex-husband, explaining that Aoife and Tadhg get to have some amazing experiences.

“They have an amazing time, they were being brought out, it is like a dream. There are so many ups to it, I know there are a lot of downs, but there is a lot of ups and you know not many kids can say they had a whole month over in New York and an amazing time going to all these fun places,” she said.

“And spending very much quality time with their family over there, they have a little sister over there too and a stepmother.

“That is just our dynamic. Every family unit is different. That’s just ours.”

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