X Factor judge can hardly believe news

Louis Walsh is in shock after hearing that Ronan Keating‘s marriage has broken down.

‘I’m absolutely stunned,’ Louis, 57, admits. ‘If you had asked me one couple I thought would never break up, it would be Ronan and Yvonne. They’ve been together since they were kids.

‘I didn’t see it coming at all. Ronan and Yvonne have always been very close. They were a great couple and spent their time together.’ 

The Keatings announced their separation yesterday after 12 years of marriage.

Now it’s been claimed that Ronan and an unnamed dancer sparked up a friendship during the band’s comeback concerts in May and June 2009.

‘It was the talk of the Boyzone tour for quite a while,’ a source alleges in the Daily Mail. 

Ronan and the girl were certainly very close.’

Ronan, 33, and Yvonne, 36, met as teenagers and married when the singer was just 21. The couple are parents to Jack, 11, Marie, 9, and Ali, 4.

A spokesman for Ronan declined to comment on the reasons for his marriage split. 

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