Aisling O'Loughlin: 'I fought being a stay-at-home mum for so long'

Aisling O’Loughlin revealed she she doesn’t think she could have worked on Xposé for the last year because of how busy her life has become with her three kids.

The Clare native was axed from the series along with Lisa Cannon and Peter O’Riordan as part of a major shake-up of the show in 2016, but the move has come as a blessing in disguise for the TV presenter who has found she loves being a stay-at-home mum. 

“I don’t think I could have done it this last year to tell you the truth. Between being up half the night, being a mom is a hell of a lot of work. But you realise you like being a mum and you like being at home,” she said.

The mother-of-three admitted she had inner conflict on whether to spend more time at home recently and is glad she has.

“I had been fighting it for so long, but I quite like being at home. It’s not as glamorous, but it can be quite fun,” she said.

The former TV3 host is mum to Patrick (5), Louis (3) and one-year-old Joseph with former partner Nick MacInnes and joked they have her worked to the bone lately.

“They’re taking me for granted now, I’m a complete baby slave,” she told the Diary.

“They are absolute little tyrants, but they are great craic. They test your boundaries, but I love being around them. They are precious.”

Aisling is still on the look-out for more TV work, and recently appeared on an episode of Claire Byrne Live, but has become more selective about what she takes on.

“It all depends on the project,” she said. “You hit a point in your life where you have to feel right. It has to chime in with my family. I’m choosier now, definitely.

“I’m very basic at the moment. I’m just going to keep working and ticking along and it becomes clearer every day. I want to take advantage of not having to do anything.””

Aisling has founded her own lifestyle website since she left Xpose, which MacInnes has helped out with.

But the former entertainment reporter has found nailing down what sort of content she wants to put out harder than expected.

“Running a brand takes time, that’s the thing. What I love is that I can do what I want now.  I can be my own broadcasting unit, I don’t have to wait for TV.

“The big thing is content — that’s what I’m trying to figure out. I think that’s where I’ve stalled, what road you want to go down. Once you’ve committed, you have to go down it. I’m still figuring out what I want to be when I grow up, it’s taking longer than what I expected,” she said.

“There’s a lot of experimentation going on and a bit of craziness.”

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