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
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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