She’s gorgeous, gregarious and glamorous with a great career, so why is everyone, apart from Amanda Byram, obsessed with her love life? Interview by
The model and TV presenter gets the last laugh with the trials and tribulations of the dating scene
A manda Byram is proof that while good looks will get you so far, it’s hard work, grit and determination that define and sustain a career. With her refreshing, carefree and genuinely down-to-earth attitude, it’s easy to see why Amanda continuously lands covetable presenting roles.
Her work hard approach coupled with, let’s face it, stunning good looks have seen her make the transition from breakfast television to prime time shows appear effortless. And she has executed her meteoric rise without even a sniff of showbiz airs and graces.
Her latest series, RV Rampage, has just finished on The Travel Channel and looks set to be aired again. So all is good on the career front but what of her personal life?
Having cancelled her wedding to rugby player Craig McMullen in 2012, Amanda said at the time she was ‘gutted’. Two years on, still single and turning 41 this week, the former model from Castleknock in Dublin could be forgiven for feeling put out. On the contrary, she adopts an attitude that is not only refreshing but infectious – she will not settle for just anyone.
‘Why is it always finding “the one”? I’ve come to a content stage in my life and I’m perfectly happy to be alone. If someone comes along, then great. But sometimes people can get so desperate that they take just anyone,’ she says.
She must be sick of the question posed not just by journalists but family and friends, too, ‘have you found a boyfriend’?
‘No,’ she says with a laugh. ‘To be honest, my love life is a source of entertainment to everyone. I don’t think people want me to get one [a boyfriend] now as they would miss my bad date stories.’
Expecting a flat refusal, I enquire as to the nature of those stories and, true to her relaxed nature, she has no qualms about divulging the details.
‘I was living in Australia and I agreed to go on a blind date. I wasn’t attracted to him in the beginning but I stuck out the date. Then we bumped into two girls from Dublin who asked me for a picture. So he was all like, “Are you famous?”
‘I told him I did a bit of work on the telly and that Dublin was small so people do recognise you. But it was no big deal.’
Obviously impressed by Amanda’s celebrity status her date decided to share the news with his work colleagues.
‘He said to me, “A guy I work with is from Dublin,” then proceeded to take out his phone, stick it in my face, take pictures and send them to his friend saying, “She’s my date”. So that was the end of that.’
Warming to her theme, Amanda regales with another story that confirms her luck with men in Australia didn’t change.
‘Another guy I went on a date with got
Former model Amanda’s gym-toned physique has attracted thousands of followers to her Twitter fitness page