Sur­fac­ing for air af­ter six months of all work and lit­tle play, Vogue Wil­liams tells Sarah Caden that she’s found a happy place in life A sec­ond se­ries of ‘Vogue Wil­liams: On The Edge’ is about to air; she has a book writ­ten; her star in the UK is on the

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Vogue Wil­liams is be­ing good today. At the week­end she “went com­pletely nuts”, so now she’s hav­ing matcha tea and a bot­tle of wa­ter in the city­cen­tre cafe where we meet. It was Vogue’s birth­day the pre­vi­ous week­end, she turned 31, and as is fit­ting in her cur­rent, two-city life she cel­e­brated in both Lon­don and Dublin.

“I went crazy. I had a wild night on Fri­day with my friends in Lon­don and I had the hang­over of death for, like, two days af­ter­wards, I couldn’t have eaten enough food if I tried. So I’m try­ing to be healthy again now,” she laughs, cradling her cup of steam­ing, su­per-healthy tea.

“There was pizza. There was this hor­ri­ble fried break­fast that my friend went out and got and it was, like, all done in the same deep-fat fryer, with chips on top of it. I was, like, ‘Ugh, that’s not a fry’, but I ate it any­way. I just ate loads of crap that I wouldn’t nor­mally eat, and I felt a bit sick at the end of the week­end.”

Vogue isn’t one to beat her­self up about it, though. That’s a strict pol­icy with her. “No,” she says. “I went out with my aun­tie and my sis­ter in Howth last night be­cause it was my birth­day din­ner over here, and I don’t think you can be too hard on your­self.”

Still, as we sit sur­rounded by shop­ping bags, three days be­fore Vogue is both nom­i­nated for [the Gala Ris­ing Star 2016] Ifta and due to present an award at the show, she’s healthily prep­ping to look her best on the red car­pet.

“Today I’m go­ing home to Howth and train­ing, with a trainer,” she says, and then she’ ll be “good” for the rest of the week. There is a dress to fit into for the If­tas, af­ter all.

“I kept my head down this year and just worked re­ally hard,” Vogue says, “and I feel like it’s pay­ing off. Even with the nom­i­na­tion I was so de­lighted to be ac­knowl­edged by some­thing so amaz­ing as Ifta. I wasn’t even in­vited to the cer­e­mony five years ago, and now I’m on my sec­ond year pre­sent­ing and I’m up for an award; it’s a re­ally nice feel­ing. It’s nice when the hard work pays off, be­cause some­times it’s dif­fi­cult; you’re away film­ing here, or in the UK and in ho­tel rooms on your own, and you’re not with your friends or fam­ily. It can get a bit lonely, so you have to feel that it’s worth it.”

In the end, at the If­tas, Vogue lost out to Al Porter in her cat­e­gory, but she was one of the more mod­ern-age at­ten­tion­grab­bers. Her dress split dur­ing the cer­e­mony and she snapchat­ted pic­tures of her­self, stand­ing in the toi­lets in her un­der­wear, watch­ing as her gown was stitched up. Wel­come to no-holds­barred 21st-Cen­tury celebrity, and Vogue Wil­liams’s life.

The last time I met Vogue was in May, when she was about to em­bark on an in­tense sum­mer, film­ing her sec­ond se­ries of for RTE and about to take things up a notch in the UK with the start of her semi-reg­u­lar ap­pear­ances on

In fact, within a week of us meet­ing a few months ago, she was mak­ing head­lines with her de­but, hav­ing dis­cussed bi-cu­rios­ity and kiss­ing her fe­male friends as a teenager.

Vogue was al­ready a rel­a­tively well-known name in the UK five months ago, but that was due, in great part, to her as­so­ci­a­tion with her ex-hus­band, Brian McFad­den.

What has hap­pened in the five months since we met, though, is that Vogue’s celeb sta­tus in the UK has taken off, on her own merit, and on her own. She’s been an out­spo­ken and pop­u­lar semi-reg­u­lar on

and she has even had the oblig­a­tory “spot­ted with” sen­sa­tion. For the past few months, there has been UK news­pa­per spec­u­la­tion that she is dat­ing ac­tor Lau­rence Fox, who is not long out of his mar­riage to ac­tress Bil­lie Piper.

Vogue is san­guine about all of that. “That spec­u­la­tion doesn’t bother me,” she says of the talk about Fox, whom she met last year, while they filmed

“There’s al­ways go­ing to be in­ter­est in the first peo­ple I see since I’ve had a very pub­lic break-up [with Brian, in the sum­mer of 2015], but that doesn’t bother me. And, you know, if I’m spot­ted out with some­one well known, like

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