Decision to Leave South Africa was ‘Toughest Time in Life’

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TV personality Gráinne Seoige has opened up about being back home in Ireland following a number of years spent in South Africa with her partner Leon Jordaan.

The presenter, 48, left Ireland to live and start a diamond jewellery business in South Africa with her now-husband, after getting engaged in 2015.

18 months ago, the couple returned home to Ireland to be closer to her family after the death of Leon’s father made the couple re-evaluate their plans.

Gráinne Seoige has opened up about being back home in Ireland following a number of years spent in South Africa with her partner Leon Jordaan. Pic: Virgin Media Television

Gráinne has opened up about the move, detailing how the pandemic made things very tough on them. However, things thankfully worked out for the couple and they are happy with the move.

She explained: ‘There were a lot of logistics involved in packing up your belongings and shipping them to the other side of the world.

‘It wasn’t an easy decision to make. At the time, flights and shipments were being cancelled left, right and centre because airlines were being grounded. That made things even more tricky.

‘It wasn’t a decision we took lightly because we also had to bring home dogs as well as ourselves.

‘It was probably the toughest time in life to decide to make a move like that. At the same time, it also felt like the right time for us. We are really happy with our decision.’

Gráinne appeared on, Dancing with the Stars, between January and March of this year and is looking forward to more roles on the small screen and said: ‘I would definitely be open to something if it was the right thing for me, my life and my business.

‘I love TV, it is my first love in terms of work and being on Dancing with the Stars is a joy. Obviously, my husband and I would have to talk about it to make sure it was right for our lives.’

Gráinne is currently presenting Ireland AM this week as host Muireann O’Connell enjoys some time off. 

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