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Christine Bleakley's move to US delayed as Frank Lampard stays put

By Claire Harrison

They were househunting in New York ahead of a lucrative move to the US.

But now Christine Bleakley's big move to the Big Apple looks set to be delayed after her fiance announced he is set to stay in England until the end of the current football season.

The Newtownards television presenter's plan to commute across the Atlantic with Frank Lampard are now up in the air after the footballer's decision to stay with Manchester City until the end of the English season in May.

Fans of Major League Soccer's New York City are said to be "outraged" by his decision to remain in the UK. The 36-year-old signed for New York after being released by Chelsea last June but then joined the Premier League champions on a short-term deal.

Christine, who had spoken of her plans to continue her career in the UK despite Lampard's move to America, has been living in Cheshire during his time in Manchester. To mark the New Year, the Northern Ireland TV star has taken part in a glossy photo shoot to talk about her plans for health and fitness in 2015.

"I have got to the point now where I feel there is no point starting a New Year's Resolution as I often find it hard sticking to them but when I do, I normally just try to eat healthier and avoid having snacks around the house so much," she told the Daily Mail.

'Also, I make sure I get to the gym as often as I can, which I'm normally quite good at doing.'

Christine, who has also been taking part in a new campaign for Soft & Gentle deodorant, said walking was key to her health.

'I am a massive fan of walking, which I do lots of and my sister (Nicola) lost a lot of weight many years ago through walking and has kept it off so I know what a positive effect it has on health and fitness levels," she added.

As well as exercise, the ITV presenter said she has a balanced approach to food. "I won't cut anything out and think I have a healthy diet," she said.


Christine Bleakley (35) was raised in Newtownards. She began her career with BBC Northern Ireland before moving to work for the Corporation in London. Christine left the BBC in 2010, where she presented The One Show, after signing a lucrative deal with ITV to present shows such as Daybreak and Dancing on Ice. She has been engaged to England footballer Frank Lampard since 2011.

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