The dancer speaks out about her affair with Boyzone star Ronan

The woman who had an affair with Ronan Keating while he was married says he ‘most definitely’ pursued her during their year-long relationship.

Dancer Francine Cornell – who met Ronan, 35, on Boyzone‘s 2009 tour – tried to persuade the singer to work things out with wife Yvonne but he told her their relationship had become ‘platonic’.

‘I never asked Ronan to leave Yvonne. He was the one who’d bring it up. He’d say: “It’s you I love, you’re the one I want to be with,”‘ says Francine, 28.

‘Once I asked: “Do you think I’ll still see your name on my phone in 20 years?” He said: “In 20 years, we will be married.”‘

Francine would meet up with Irish star Ronan in hotels each time he visited the UK and says one of the ‘nicest things’ they ever did together was walk through Hyde Park in the middle of the night.

When Yvonne found out about the affair the Keatings‘ marriage crumbled – despite an attempt to patch things up – and Ronan began spending time in Australia, where he met new love Storm Uechtritz.

Ronan and Yvonne have managed to move on and find peace. I’d like to be able to do the same, but I’ve never had closure,’ Francine tells The Sun.

‘I think a part of me wishes that could be me.’

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