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The Oz Couple Jess Redden is "finally starting to get excited" about moving to Australia with rugby star fiancé Rob Kearney


Jess and Rob

Jess and Rob

Jess and Rob

Model Jess Redden has said she's "finally starting to get excited" about moving to Australia with rugby star fiancé Rob Kearney.

The 26-year-old admitted having initial doubts about leaving Ireland, as she had to put her post-grad pharmacy studies on hold while she joins her other half in Perth at the start of the new year.

The 34-year-old sports star confirmed the end of his 15-year-long career with Leinster last October in an emotional open letter to fans, before announcing he was signing for Australia side Western Force.

Rob and Jess have are planning to tie the knot sooner rather than later, but Kearney's career plans will have to come first.

"I think it's taken me a really long time to actually finally be excited," Jess said in a Q&A session on her Instagram Stories.

"This week was the first week that I felt really excited about the adventure ahead. Of course, it is an incredible experience and opportunity and I am excited for it.

"I think just initially, the idea of leaving my friends and family and my bubble and then having to postpone my college course as well; it was a lot for me. But everything happens for a reason."

She has had a tough couple of months, given that her beloved father Brian, a senior solicitor, passed away in September.

She said that her "world stopped spinning" after the death and speaking last month, she said that finding bereavement support online was not always easy.

"The point is that the person we lost never truly leaves us, they would want us to keep going, to keep smiling, laughing and living," she said.

"Losing a parent is not easy, I tried to find support online but grief is something that's not widely spoken about, so to everyone who has lost someone they love - I send all my light and love to you."

She also spoke in the online session about her choice of career.

She said her first choice was psychology in UCD as she was "obsessed with Criminal Minds" when she was younger.

"I knew I wanted to have a job helping people but pharmacy was never on my radar," she said.

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"But I got a part-time job in a really lovely chemist, I just fell in love with the career."

She and Rob had indicated their plans to marry in June 2021 before the Covid-19 crisis knocked that on the head.

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