Una Healy happy being single as she's 'done with heartache' after failed marriage
Singer Una Healy found fame, fortune and even love with The Saturdays... but says she won’t be looking for a new fella any day soon.
Una, 39, says she is “done with heartache” after her marriage became the latest in a string of failed relationships.
Now she is plotting a single life and a chart return as she brings up the two kids she had with her rugby star ex-husband Ben Foden.
He lives in the US with his new wife and, while he is still a part of their kids’ lives, it is Una’s mum Ann who has been her greatest support.
Una tells the Sunday Mirror: “All of my previous relationships were, ultimately, failures.
“There are good times, that’s why you try and stay but when you know the game is up, you have to say, this is it.
“There are many relationships I have stayed in but they weren’t working.”
But she added: “I always believe someone deserves a second chance. Everything is worth fighting for.”
Una says she is content to be single right now and plans to write “happy” songs away from the heartbreak of her past.
She explains: “I feel happy to be single, I’m not looking for anyone. Maybe the second time round when I meet ‘the one’, it will be for longer.
“You just want someone who is a decent person, you have to be compatible, and someone who makes you laugh and who will be there for you.”
Una has six-year-old son Tadhg and daughter Aoife, eight, with ex-England star Ben, who now plays in New York.
They split in 2018 after six years of marriage. He later wed ethical cosmetics retailer Jackie Belanoff Smith after a romance of just a fortnight. They now have a daughter.
Una has written about her relationship drama in brilliant new song Swear It All Again.
She suffered heartache when Ben, 35, admitted to cheating on Una before they separated.
Una says: “I am the primary carer of the kids. They are with me most of the time.
“He is full time their dad, he spends chunks of quality time with them and checks in on them twice a week.
“Not all relationships are meant to last forever. I know Ben loves his children very much.
“I don’t think people should air their dirty laundry in public.”
Una tells how she is able to lean on mum Ann, 69, when the going gets tough. They are planning to cook together as they celebrate Mother’s Day today at home with Una’s dad John and the kids in Ireland.
Una goes on: “They write me cute cards, Aoife likes to write me little love notes, which is very sweet. I am so close to my mum, she is like my best friend. I hope I have the same relationship with my kids when they are older.
“I tell my mother everything. She has always been there for me, through the good times and the bad.
“She would help me set up gigs – she was like a roadie – and now she has helped so much with the kids because I’m a single mum. She has really been there for me.
“She will also give me her honest opinions on my music, which is important to me.”
Una shot to fame with girl group The Saturdays in 2008. Their hits include What About Us and Higher.
Her four former bandmates have gone on to enduring success too – Rochelle Humes is a TV presenter, Frankie Bridge is an author, Mollie King is a radio host and Vanessa White is a reality star and solo artist.
Una vows her next LP will focus on feelgood music – and life could imitate art.
She says: “I want to write a happy love song. Maybe I will have to make someone up or stop writing about myself.
“Even if it is about this fictional person, maybe they will eventually come into my life.
“I have to be positive. I’m done with the heartache.”