Closer EXCLUSIVE: Liz McClarnon on why she’ll never date a celebrity again after Lee Ryan
 romance

The former Atomic Kitten star reveals she'd never have a relationship with someone famous after her experiences with the Blue singer

Liz McClarnon interview

by Rebecca Twomey |

Liz McClarnon couldn’t be happier that her Atomic Kitten band mates, Kerry Katona and Natasha Hamilton are loved-up with their partners.

But while Kerry counts down to her wedding to George Kay and Natasha waits for her baby – with their Big Reunion co-star Ritchie Neville - to arrive, Liz, 33, tells us she’s ruled out returning to the celebrity dating scene.

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In 2003 Liz dated Blue and Celebrity Big Brother star Lee Ryan, and it was this rollercoaster romance that put her off a certain type of man for good.

She tells Closer: “I'd never date another celebrity again. I was engaged to Lee and I didn't like having our relationship in the spotlight. For me, it leads to paranoia. You read things about each other and wonder who said what. Dating a celebrity makes your relationship too public and I like to keep my private life private.”

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Despite shooting fame in 1998, Liz admits she’s never been concerned about the affect her career could have on her relationships.

She says: “I don’t think I’ve met anyone who is with me because I’m famous, it’s not normal for me to date a celebrity. The only hard bit for me when it comes to dating is making sure no one thinks I’m engaged after a first date! ”

Liz on a night out with bandmate and pal Kerry Katona


But while she enjoys the single life – following her split with long-term partner Harlequin’s rugby star, Ryan O’Neill, earlier this year, Liz says she has to keep working on her confidence.

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She adds: “I've never felt sexy. I always feel awkward trying to be sexy. When I was in Atomic Kitten I was the shyest person around by a mile. I’m confident in a lot of ways but I’ve never wanted to show off my body.

"I always put uplifting affirmations on Twitter and I have a positive mind frame, I know if I’m as confident as I can possibly be it shines through.”

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