Ronan Keating and his wife Yvonne: new house and a baby?
Ronan Keating and wife trying for a baby
The couple have bounced back from shock revelations the Boyzone star had an affair with a dancer and are now desperate to add to their family.
A close friend of Ronan’s last night revealed: “They’re ecstatic and ready for a baby. It’s been a horrible few months but Yvonne is ready to draw a line under the events and look to the future.”
‘They want to have a baby in 2011 to celebrate saving their marriage.”
Yvonne, 36, Ronan’s wife of 12 years, was devastated when he confessed to an affair with 26-year-old Boyzone backing dancer Francine Cornell.
The couple immediately split and began living separate lives, but they resurrected their marriage after Ronan, 33, flew to Australia to concentrate on the X Factor.
Then after a crisis meeting to discuss his infidelity, as the Irish Sunday Mirror exclusively revealed, they decided to give their relationship another shot.
In recent weeks, Ronan and Yvonne have been spending time together in Dublin working on rebuilding their marriage.
Ronan even took Yvonne on a shopping trip to Brown Thomas’ luxury jewellery hall to give her a Christmas gift to show his continued commitment.
The pair, who already have three children, Jack, 11, Marie, nine, and four-year-old Ali, will have also moved into their new sprawling mansion in Malahide, Co Dublin, over the Christmas holidays, where they will raise their growing brood.
The exclusive Abbington estate is home to the rich and famous with Westlife star Nicky Byrne and his wife Georgina also living there.
When the majestic and stylish residences went on sale at the height of the economic boom they had a price tag of between Û3.25 million and Û3.5million.
The property is set behind walls topped with wrought iron railings, with tall trees and shrubs offering shade and privacy.
A friend explained: “Ronan is all about his family now. Nothing comes before them.
“Both he and Yvonne have discovered a new-found love for one another and are almost like love-struck teens again.
“They’re chatting about the prospect of a new baby and are giddy with excitement. The future’s definitely looking bright for them once more.
“They’re moving into their new house, the dream future that they had planned for so long together looks firmly back on track.
“The affair is just a bad memory and they’re one of those couples where it has actually made them stronger and brought them closer together.”
The affair came to light last May when Yvonne discovered a secret mobile phone and decided to read the messages on it. There she found intimate correspondence between her husband and the dancer.
A source said: ‘There were some quite suggestive texts that left little to the imagination. Yvonne went ballistic and told him their relationship was over there and then.”
Rather than deny the affair or try to explain the texts, the Boyzone star broke down and admitted everything.