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Happy at home Andrea Corr 'surprised' at how well she coped with lockdown life


Andrea Corr

Andrea Corr

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Andrea Corr

STUNNING pop icon Andrea Corr says she’s “pleasantly surprised” how well she and her businessman husband Brett Desmond have coped as a couple amid the Covid lockdowns this year.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday World, mum-of-two Andrea said that she and Brett normally pursue their own individual interests in life, but suddenly found themselves cooped up together for months on end this year due to the pandemic.

Brett (42), the son of billionaire financier Dermot Desmond, runs the Five Guys fast-casual food franchise with his brothers.

“We do a lot of our own thing in our lives, we’ve both got individual lives, so then to be confined I felt that we did pretty well,” Andrea says.

“I’m pleasantly surprised,” she adds, howling with laughter. “I think I chose the right man!”

Looking back on a year that shook the world, Andrea is reluctant to complain about the impact on her family’s life.

“I’m not in a position where I have anything to moan about,” she says. “At the start it felt a very strange life. You were doing something and then suddenly there was a complete interruption. It was a bit bewildering initially, but then I suppose everybody got kind of used to the new reality.”

Despite not being able to celebrate Christmas this year with their extended families, Andrea says she feels lucky the couple have young children.

“It’s obviously going to be a different Christmas,” she says, “but our kids are eight and six, so there’s magic here.

"I feel very blessed, and that’s the thing you’ve got to look at, it’s what we do have. I do feel once I have them and Santa comes it’s gonna be good because children make a Christmas, they really do.”

Andrea (inset) has just released a Christmas EP featuring four tracks, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, O Holy Night, In The Bleak Mid-Winter and her own original song, Begin Again.

The idea for the EP came about after she visited Our Lady’s Hospice in Dublin’s Harold’s Cross last year.

“I sang that day with the CIE Male Choir and when I started singing O Holy Night and they came in around me I actually nearly fell it was so lovely,” she says.

“It was so beautiful, so the idea came about then to record these songs. And then this year became what it is, and the meanings of the words resonated and the need for comfort couldn’t be greater.

“I wrote Begin Again years ago when we were living in Washington DC and it just started to go through my head again. It’s about surrendering to the mystery of life and death and loss and and trusting and beginning again.

I felt that there’s so much loss that people have to come to terms with this Christmas, and it started playing in my head that this is the right song to do.”

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