‘I had loads of mammy guilt’ – Dancing with the Stars winner Mairéad Ronan
DANCING with the Stars winner Mairéad Ronan has revealed how she felt guilty over leaving her children for long hours for her gruelling training session with her Kilkenny dance partner John Nolan.
John and the presenter raised the coveted Glitter Ball trophy in triumph after two months of live shows.
But when she signed up for the series Mairéad was still breastfeeding her then three-month-old daughter Bonnie.
She also has three older children, Dara (11) from her first marriage, and Eliza (2) and Bonnie (now seven months) with her husband Louis.
Speaking to the Irish Daily Mail, Mairéad admitted she felt hugely guilty over leaving the children while she trained for the show.
“The guilt wast terrible, I have to be honest. I had loads of mammy guilt, especially in the last couple of weeks because I was leaving the house at 6.30am and Louis and Dara were fast asleep,” she said.
“I wouldn’t get home until after 7pm. Bonnie is definitely asleep and Eliza is already in her PJs, has had her dinner and is ready to go to bed and Dara has about an hour left in him.”
Mairéad said she is extremely thankful that John was so understanding about her situation with a new baby throughout their time in rehearsals.
And she credits her husband Louis’ support for getting her through, as well as that of her wider family.
“I couldn’t have done it if I didn’t have his love and support. If I didn’t have a brilliant child-minder who has been with me ten years. If I didn’t have two sisters and Louis’ family,” she said.