'In 20 years, we will be married': Ronan Keating's former mistress opens up about their fling and claims he wanted to marry her
00:23 GMT, 14 October 2012
Last week he admitted that he was 'wrong' for cheating on his wife with a backing dancer, but now the full extent of Ronan Keating's affair with Francine Cornell has been revealed.
The 28-year-old has claimed that the Irish singer pursued her during their seven-month fling and even told her they would get married.
Speaking to The Sun Sunday, the blonde said that when she asked Ronan if he thought she would see his name on her mobile phone in 20 years time, he replied: 'In 20 years, we will be married.'
Ronan Keating's former mistress Francine Cornell claims that the singer said they would be married in 20 years
Obviously the pair's romance came to an abrupt end when Ronan's wife of 14 years, Yvonne, found out about it, but Francine still thinks that at the time, Ronan's promise of marriage was 'nice' and was 'what he believed' at the time.
The affair began after Francine was hired as a backing dancer for Boyzone's 2009 UK tour, but she claims their fling didn't start until after the tour.
Francine states that it was Ronan's late band mate, Stephen Gately, who put them in touch after he gave the singer her number.
A couple of days after the tour had ended, she says she received a call from Ronan, in which he claimed that he needed to see her.
'Ronan said, “I needed to speak to you, I miss you. I want to see you. I'm in London next week, will you come and see me” I was relieved I'd spoken to him. I went to see him and that was that.'
The blonde goes on to say that she 'never asked Ronan to leave Yvonne' and denied wrecking their marriage, saying 'there were already drifting apart.'
Francine met the singer when she was hired as a backing dancer for Boyzone's 2009 UK tour
Francine also told the newspaper how she would constantly tell the singer to go home to his wife and children, and that sometimes they would end it.
'Then he'd ring up crying, saying, “I can't do this any more, I need you, I need you. I can't not have you in my life.” I'd say, “No you have to go back and make it work.”'
However, when their fling came to light, Francine claims that Ronan dumped her but admits that she has 'never had closure' from the situation.
Ronan, on the other hand, has moved on and is now dating Australian TV producer Storm Uechtritz.
He and Yvonne tried to give their marriage another go after she decided to give him a second chance, but in March this year, on their respective Twitter pages, they announced that they had secretly split in late 2011.
Speaking on Piers Morgan's Life Stories earlier this month, Ronan opened up about the end of his marriage, admitting he was sick of 'trying to be the perfect husband.'
'I had spent so long trying to be the perfect husband. I woke up and decided I didn't want it,' he said.
'I was wrong. I made a choice and, because of that choice, there were devastating effects in people's lives.'
Split: Ronan and Yvonne Keating split in late 2011 after struggling to get past his infidelity
During his illicit affair with the
blonde dancer, 26, Ronan said he knew it was wrong, but his life on the
road was like 'being in a bubble'.
He said: 'We were on tour, and when you're in that circle it's a bubble. It's not real … I was wrong.
'I tripped up. The pain that I caused people has been devastating.'
They still remain friends and continue to co-parents their three children Jack, 13; Marie 'Missy', 12; and Ali, seven.
Ronan admitted it was heartbreaking confessing to his children about his mistake.
He said: 'I was honest. They're
your kids, you have to be and with something like this, they were going
to find out anyway. As a parent you're never wrong in your children's
eyes. So you feel like a failure.'
Ronan admitted to Piers it was impossible to repair their marriage because 'the trust was gone'.
He explained: 'She took me back. That was a huge step. But I don't think it can ever work after something like that.
'She still is an incredible woman. Of
course I love her, yes. We both love each other. And we're going to be
in each others lives for the rest of our lives because of our three
New love: Ronan has been dating Australian TV producer Storm Uechtritz for two months