On her publicised break up

“Was it vulgar? Perhaps. Was it scandalous? Apparently so. Did I along with the rest of the Irish media lose sight of what really mattered? Yes. The story had all the makings of a circus – acrobats, clowns, dancing horses and tigers jumping through rings of fire. It excited, baffled, bemused, entertained and sometimes bored its audience, and it continued to tour, provoking good, bad and sometimes ugly reactions. Truth of it is, to me the only reaction that really mattered was mine. I had to ask myself, ‘Who is Katy French’?”

“Yes, my life was being played out in the media; but the press fuel my career. So I made hay while the sun shone. I did not orchestrate the publicity. Many believed I did. However, I’ll admit to this: I didn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”

“My world had changed; it was filled with new friends, new enemies, opinions and challenges. And it was confusing. I was questioned, belittled, begrudged, congratulated and commiserated with on a daily basis. Increasingly I felt the need to stand firm in the belief of who I was. Put on a pedestal of interrogation and judgement, I had to ask myself whose opinion mattered. It’s easy to say only your own does, but that’s not entirely true. Other people’s opinions do affect us. I had to work out whose opinions mattered to me and why.”

“At the end of the day, or press call as it may be, if you can’t be light-hearted and see the funny side of the situation you may as well just give up and crawl into that dark dingy hole called depression.”

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