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Yvonne Keating shows the strain as dancer at centre of marriage split is revealed




By Ben Todd and Eva Marie Gibney

Last updated at 5:02 PM on 21st May 2010




Ronan Keating's estranged wife bravely emerged this afternoon just a day after the couple announced the end of their 12-year marriage.


Yvonne, 36, who is said to be devastated over the split, looked strained as she visited the construction site of a new dream home the pair had decided to build for their family.


The former model was not wearing her wedding ring and kept her eyes hidden behind a pair of dark sunglasses as she surveyed the house, which is just down the road from their existing property outside Dublin.

Tellingly, Yvonne decided to make her first public appearance at the building site- perhaps in a bid to lay claim to the property - and remind Ronan of what he could be missing out on.



article-1280262-09B17BE4000005DC-250_468x568.jpg Brave face: Yvonne Keating emerged this afternoon to survey the progress on a home she was building with her now estranged husband Boyzone singer Ronan





Her outing comes mere hours after the dancer at the centre of the split was revealed to be Francine Cornell, 26.

Miss Cornell - who is believed to hail originally from Leeds - bears an uncanny resemblance to his estranged wife.


However, blonde Miss Cornell, who has striking green eyes, is 10 years younger than Yvonne. A source revealed: ‘She’s a really beautiful girl.’






The pair became close during the Boyzone tour last May and June.



article-1280262-09B18316000005DC-244_468x627.jpg Home alone: Yvonne checks on the progress of the construction of her and Ronan's new house. She was not wearing her wedding ring







Devastated: The mother of three is said to be heartbroken over the split, which was announced yesterday


article-1280262-09B17C04000005DC-597_468x309.jpg Under construction: Yvonne made her first public appearance at the construction site - perhaps in an early bid to lay claim to the property


Their burgeoning friendship left some colleagues on the tour shocked. A source said: 'It was the talk of the Boyzone tour for quite a while. Ronan and the girl were certainly very close.'

Last night Keating moved out of the family home he shared with his childhood sweetheart.

Dressed casually in a pair of designer jeans and a jumper, the singer looked drained as he headed to his car.

The 33-year-old dared to give one last backward glance at the house before his driver pulled out of the driveway for the last time.







Close: Ronan Keating, leaving his Dublin home yesterday, spent time with dancer Francine Cornell during Boyzone's tour last year



Yvonne, spent yesterday being comforted by Keith Duffy’s wife Lisa and a neighbour over a cup of tea inside her home.

Friends have been left reeling since news of their split emerged just before lunchtime yesterday.

In a statement yesterday, the couple said their split had been ‘amicable.’

And the couple remained together in the house for most of the day as they shielded their family from the media glare surrounding their split.












Ten years younger: The blonde, 26, and Ronan, 36, were 'the talk of the tour'


A neighbour out walking her dog yesterday summed up the sense of shock which has left friends and family of the couple reeling, saying: ‘It comes as such a shock, they always seemed so happy together you’d never think it.


As one family friend outside the house put it: ‘It’s is not a great day.'


He said: ‘I’m just shocked I got the call last night asking to come over to the house, and I found out when I arrived this morning. I’m totally shocked.

‘The mood in the house is ok at the moment considering. The girls are just consoling her [Yvonne] over a cup of tea in the kitchen.

‘The kids are playing over at a neighbour’s house.'

One can only guess at the mood inside the house as Ronan and Yvonne help their three heartbroken children Jack, 11, Marie, 9, and Ali, 4, come to terms with the devastating news.








Low-profile: Yvonne was being comforted inside the house by friends as Ronan was seen arriving at the home yesterday




'The first I heard of it was on the radio this morning. You really feel for their three small children.’

The exclusive Abbington estate house in Malahide is home to the rich and famous with Westlife star Nicky Byrne and his wife Georgina also living there.

When the majestic style residences went on sale at the height of the boom they had a price tag of between E3,250,000 and E3,500,000million.


The property is set behind walls topped with wrought iron railings, with tall trees and shrubs offering seclusion to the broken hearted star.





article-1279921-09ABA679000005DC-504_468x662.jpg Separated: Ronan and Yvonne, pictured with their three children, Jack, 11, nine-year-old Marie and Ali, four, announced their separation after 12 years of marriage yesterday



Electronically controlled entrance gates also kept unwanted visitors out.

The news comes as it emerged that Keating - who has reformed Boyzone in recent months – had agreed to be a judge on the next series of X Factor in Australia.


That meant he would have been away from home for months, which would have put a huge strain on the couple’s marriage.



article-1280195-09A79DB6000005DC-836_233x383.jpg No hint of trouble: The singer was wearing his wedding ring during an appearance on Loose Women on Wednesday


And earlier this week, Keating astonishingly admitted he was surprised Yvonne had stayed with him for the last 12 years, as he revealed he can be jealous if the former model goes out without him.

He said: 'I can’t believe Yvonne has stuck with me for so long. I still get incredibly jealous.


'The green-eyed monster rears its ugly head and brings out all my insecurities. I don’t like it if Yvonne is out without me. I just can’t help it.'

On Wednesday he appeared on Loose Women and appeared slightly reticent about who was the boss in the Keating house.

Questioned by Kate Thornton, he said: 'There are decisions that I have to make, and I make, but with things like groceries I'm not bothered.

Co-host Coleen Nolan then said surely he couldn't cope without Yvonne.

Ronan paused, then said: 'Er, probably.'


The star was left devastated last autumn when his former bandmate Stephen Gately tragically died.


The group appeared on Loose Women to talk about their special tribute to bandmate Stephen Gately, who died last October.

They are staging a special tribute concert with a number of celebrity guests who will join the band on stage for some one-off special performances.

Boyzone's new single Love Is A Hurricane was released today. It is the second single from album Brother.


The group will be touring the UK in February/March 2011.

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Do these people honestly think they won't get caught? What a jerk for humiliating not only his wife, but his kids.


Exactly. He will need to be added to the "rogues gallery" that already features John Terry and Ashley Cole.:rolleyes:

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Do these people honestly think they won't get caught? What a jerk for humiliating not only his wife, but his kids.


no they don't. they are oblivious to the possible consequences and are completely baffled when they are found out and lose everything

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no they don't. they are oblivious to the possible consequences and are completely baffled when they are found out and lose everything


Or they think they're "untouchable" and can therefore do whatever they want.:dozey:

Perhaps we now know what he meant when he sang "Love is a Rollercoaster".:rolleyes:

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