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Beauty queen Orlaith McAllister forced to cancel wedding due to coronavirus

Virus forces beauty queen and ex-Big Brother star to cancel wedding as she enjoys time with family

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Orlaith McAllister

Orlaith McAllister

Orlaith McAllister and Neil Logue (35)

Orlaith McAllister and Neil Logue (35)

Orlaith McAllister

Beauty queen Orlaith McAllister was due to have her dream wedding this weekend but is in lockdown with her family instead.

The ex-Big Brother contestant had been due to wed her solicitor beau Neil Logan at the luxurious Lough Eske Castle hotel in Co Donegal on Friday but her wedding has now been postponed until December.

The mum-of-two (41) spoke to Sunday Life about the uncertainty around her longed-for nuptials and how she's managing quarantine with her experience as a BB contestant.

She said: "It's been good so far. At the beginning it was a bit like, 'What do you do?' and it was a bit of a panic but I think now we're easing into it and trying to get through.

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Orlaith McAllister and Neil Logue (35)

Orlaith McAllister and Neil Logue (35)

Orlaith McAllister and Neil Logue (35)

"Every day is different, especially with the kids and stuff, but it's week eight or so now and we weren't really prepared for it. Every day you think it's going to change and it doesn't so things get a bit repetitive, but we're coping.

"I'm enjoying the slower way of life, though. We were meant to get married on Friday but cancelled it a while ago because we didn't know if we'd be able to cope with the stress of it all.

"So, we cancelled our booking at Lough Eske completely, it just wasn't going to work out and we wanted somewhere closer to home so we're looking at switching to The Loft in Templepatrick. We plan on getting married there in December this year but we're still not sure if it will happen."

Orlaith added: "It will happen one day, I have settled myself with that, I just want a normal wedding where everyone is happy and together. Then again, will that ever happen? We just don't know at the moment."

Despite uncertainty around the wedding, Orlaith is sure she knows how to cope in a lockdown scenario after her 2005 BB stint.

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Orlaith McAllister's engagement ring

Orlaith McAllister's engagement ring

Orlaith McAllister's engagement ring

She said: "That's where I am at the moment, it kinda feels like being in the Big Brother house again. It was so exciting going in there and trying to figure out how to get each day in. I keep telling the kids and my fiance about how I had five weeks with no phone or contact with the outside world.

"The excitement of being indoors with lockdown was similar at first and it was nice not having to carry on with our busy lives. That helped me keep up momentum and it felt really surreal because I have done this before so I'm able for it.

"It's tough for the kids, though, so I'm praying for it to be lifted soon, it's so hard on them."

Belfast Telegraph