Woman in­ter­view

Olly Murs tells how his hec­tic ca­reer has left him no time to find a wife... but he’s al­ready prac­tis­ing child­care

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Olly Murs

Pop star olly murs shot to fame as the run­ner-up on The X

Fac­tor in 2009, go­ing on to be­come one of the most suc­cess­ful acts to emerge from the show with four no. 1 al­bums and sell-out uk tours. with Caro­line flack, he also co-pre­sented The Xtra

Fac­tor 2011-12 and The X Fac­tor in 2015. olly, who still lives in his na­tive es­sex, is cur­rently sin­gle af­ter dat­ing prop­erty devel­oper francesca thomas for three years. Here, he opens up about his sin­gle life, his long-term rift with his twin brother ben and how he can’t wait to be a dad.

‘Dat­ing is like play­ing a game. You have to go through all the emo­tions, see dif­fer­ent peo­ple, un­til you find some­one you get on re­ally well with.

But at the mo­ment, I’m not se­ri­ously look­ing, I am just chill­ing. My love life is pretty av­er­age. I’d love to give some gossip but noth­ing much is hap­pen­ing. But, yes, I am ca­su­ally dat­ing. A lot of my friends are set­tled down or get­ting mar­ried but I don’t feel the pres­sure. I like be­ing with some­one, but I am also happy be­ing on my own. The one thing I’m glad I didn’t do is rush into a new re­la­tion­ship when I split from my ex.’

‘I am a worka­holic. I’m ob­sessed with my job and it’s al­ways been dif­fi­cult in any re­la­tion­ship.

I’m a typ­i­cal bloke and I can’t do two things at once, so some­times re­la­tion­ships have taken a back seat. With work, I want to make sure the next de­ci­sion is the right de­ci­sion. I will slow down one day, when I am happy with what I’ve achieved.’

‘af­ter my split I needed to get away last year. so I went to los an­ge­les for a change of scenery and to write mu­sic.

A lot of my mates have girl­friends so they weren’t around to hang out with. LA was just what I needed. It gave me the ap­petite to start dat­ing again af­ter Francesca. I love LA. I went for my 33rd birth­day in May with two mates and we had a bril­liant boys’ hol­i­day in Cal­i­for­nia. Two weeks in the sun! We went hik­ing in the desert, quad bik­ing, and even to a boot camp! Some­times in this job, with all the stress and the pres­sure, you for­get how to en­joy it.’

‘I’ve done seven al­bums in seven years.

So this year it has been all about en­joy­ing my­self from a per­sonal per­spec­tive, trav­el­ling, fit­ness train­ing, spend­ing time with friends and fam­ily, and not wor­ry­ing about what peo­ple think about me. It’s been great to go back to ba­sics too – get­ting back on stage and do­ing what I love to do. Ten years ago I was work­ing in a call cen­tre and I am so grate­ful.’

‘I am a ro­man­tic. and I can al­ways tell when a girl is dif­fer­ent.

I knew straight away when I first met my ex [Francesca] that she was spe­cial. I wanted her to be my girl­friend. I was re­ally into her and I didn’t want to see her on a ca­sual ba­sis and just see what hap­pened – for it to be a bit of a fling. But just be­cause you have

great chem­istry and great ev­ery­thing, it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean you are right for each other. Our split was one of those things. I can’t tell when I am go­ing to set­tle down and get mar­ried. I don’t have a crys­tal ball and I can’t pre­dict the fu­ture.’

‘Kids are on my agenda and I can’t wait to be a dad one day! but I’m not ready yet.

I’ve still got my ca­reer to think about as well. Hav­ing a baby is a big re­spon­si­bil­ity and com­mit­ment – I wouldn’t feel right fly­ing off do­ing my job and not be­ing there with my wife to help out. I do get broody around my neph­ews, though! My sis­ter Fay’s two boys are a big part of my life and I love them to bits. I am al­ways round there when­ever I get the chance to say hello and give them a cud­dle. I try not to spoil them too much but it’s hard! Louie turned six over the sum­mer and he is just amaz­ing! Such a great kid, so cheeky and fun. But I am a typ­i­cal un­cle. I love hav­ing him in my com­pany but then I like giv­ing him back and go­ing, ‘Off you go! See you later, sis, I’ve looked af­ter him for three hours!’ My sec­ond nephew, Quinny [short for Quin­ntyn], will be two in De­cem­ber and he’s so cute. I’d love to have kids, I re­ally would, but you have to be in the right re­la­tion­ship and the right time. My last re­la­tion­ship I felt could have gone that way but I think my life­style un­for­tu­nately didn’t al­low me to make that com­mit­ment.’

‘It’s im­por­tant for me to keep in good shape.

I need to be when I tour! I play in the re­serves team for Cogge­shall Town FC in Es­sex, too, and when we won the cham­pi­onship last year I was so ex­cited I posed stark­ers with the Cup cov­er­ing me up and tweeted the pic­ture! It caused a bit of a stir. I love be­ing fit – I’ve got to im­press the ladies – and I used to work out in the gym four times a week but now I’m more into my foot­ball, and play in the week and at week­ends with my mates from home.’

‘The X Fac­tor changed my life but I am still not talk­ing to my twin brother.

[Olly didn’t make Ben’s wed­ding be­cause he was per­form­ing at the show’s semi-fi­nals]. I love my fam­ily, and when Ben and I fell out, I felt so alone with it. I thought, ‘Oh my God, I can’t be­lieve this has hap­pened to us.’ We were such a per­fect fam­ily. But as time has gone I re­alise no fam­ily is per­fect and that ev­ery one up and down the coun­try has had an is­sue or a row at some point. Life can be com­pli­cated. At the end of the day, my mum hasn’t got a son and that is the one thing that sad­dens me most.’

‘I’d love to have kids. I do get broody around my neph­ews

Be­ing put through to The X Fac­tor fi­nal. Olly later re­turned to co-host the show with Caro­line Flack

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