Fun­ny­man Ja­son’s mar­riage ends in tears

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Eoin Mur­phy

Ire­land’s Got Tal­ent judge and co­me­dian Ja­son Byrne has moved out of the fam­ily home in Old Town in north Dublin af­ter sep­a­rat­ing from his wife of 14 years.

Ac­cord­ing to one fam­ily friend, Ja­son and Brenda of­fi­cially sep­a­rated more than six months ago and have been deal­ing with the heartache pri­vately in a bid to make things as easy as pos­si­ble for their chil­dren, Devin 18 and Daniel, 11.

An­other friend said that the pair had sim­ply drifted apart, which was not helped by Ja­son’s hec­tic trav­el­ling sched­ule which sees him reg­u­larly fly from Amer­ica to Aus­tralia. ‘Ja­son is a lov­ing fa­ther but I sup­pose, one of the down­falls of his suc­cess as a comic is that he is away a lot,’ said the friend.

‘He could be in Aus­tralia for a month at a time. That is dif­fi­cult for any­one and I sup­pose, the mar­riage suf­fered. The break-up is as am­i­ca­ble as it can be for the sake of the chil­dren.

‘Both Ja­son and Brenda are dev­as­tated but they are adults and just try­ing to make the best of a bad sit­u­a­tion. Look, it is very sad and they just want to get on with their lives but they just don’t want to talk about it.

‘Brenda never courted the pub­lic life and left that side of things to Ja­son. She hopes to be af­forded the pri­vacy to con­tinue on like that.’

A spokesper­son for Byrne has con­firmed the split and said he would not be com­ment­ing fur­ther and asked for pri­vacy. Separately, Brenda also con­firmed the breakup and de­clined to com­ment fur­ther. The Ballinteer co­me­dian is cur­rently in Ed­in­burgh where he is re­ceiv­ing rave re­views for his new show at the Fringe fes­ti­val. Byrne be­came a house­hold name with his hit prank show Anony­mous in 2007, which ran for three years. He pre­vi­ously ap­peared in Fa­ther Ted, as well as pre­sent­ing a ra­dio show on Phan­tom FM.

He also had a com­edy chat show, The Ja­son Byrne Show, with P.J Gal­lagher and a com­edy panel show, The Byrne Ul­ti­ma­tum, on RTÉ 2.

He cre­ated and starred in a ra­dio show, also called The Ja­son Byrne Show, from 2010 to 2012 on BBC Ra­dio 2.The sec­ond se­ries was awarded a Gold Sony Ra­dio Award for Best Com­edy. He is cur­rently one of the four re­turn­ing judges on the hit TV3 se­ries Ire­land’s Got Tal­ent along­side Louis Walsh, Michelle Vis­age and Denise Van Outen.

In Septem­ber 2017, he avoided a driv­ing ban af­ter he pleaded guilty to driv­ing with­out in­sur­ance and with­out a li­cence.

Byrne was driv­ing with­out a li­cence as he has been dis­qual­i­fied for ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 13 penalty points for speed­ing of­fences.

Ja­son first met Brenda in 1998 in The Laugh­ter Lounge on Eden Quay at a com­edy night. They got en­gaged in 2003 on the Charles Bridge in Prague, were mar­ried the fol­low­ing year and were ini­tially in­sep­a­ra­ble. She has been a di­rec­tor of his com­pany for eight years and re­mains listed to­day.

‘He’s a lov­ing dad., but he’s away a lot’

pri­vacy: Ja­son with Brenda. The pair split months ago

HEC­TIC: With Louis Walsh, Michelle Vis­age and Denise Van Outen on IGT

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