Rory’s ex branded tacky for taking swipe at couple
Holly Sweeney has been branded “tacky” for hosting a ‘golf pros and tennis hoes’-themed television dinner party.
The 20-year-old Holywood cheerleader, who was dropped by golf ace Rory McIlroy weeks after he won the US Open, took a jealous swipe at her ex and his new partner, world tennis number one Caroline Wozniacki, in the Celebrity Come Dine With Me show.
The TV3 programme, to be aired in the Republic over Christmas, also features little-known Irish models Pippa O’Connor and Madeline Mulqueen, retired Irish rugby star Shane Byrne and magazine publisher Michael O’Doherty.
Chartered psychologist Dr Carmel Rodgers, an associate fellow with the British Psychologists Society, described Holly’s actions as vulgar, but said they highlighted the hurt she is still feeling.
“This celeb dinner may point to how hurt she really is,” Dr Rodgers told the Belfast Telegraph.
“It is not a very dignified way of communicating a message. She met Rory when they were very young and she was very supportive to him. She may feel that a lot of his success was due to her supporting him and she may feel hurt and discarded now. But, emotionally, this is not a good message to send Rory or the public.”
McIlroy split from his childhood sweetheart in July after meeting the tennis ace Wozniacki (21) at a boxing match in Germany.
Since then Holly has used her Twitter account to express her feelings. Most recently she had another dig in a tweet which read — ‘Rory McIlroy wrist injury fears: Well that’s what happens when ye get rid of yer girlfriend.’
Meanwhile, the Irish Daily Mail claimed that Holly received texts from her former boyfriend during the filming of the TV3 cookery show.
“She was preparing the starter when her iPhone went off,” an insider told the paper. “A series of text messages arrived one after another and she just stopped dead in the kitchen.
“She started laughing and said Rory had just discovered that she was having a tennis and golf-themed night and asked her to back out of it. She just laughed and carried on cooking.”
Dr Rodgers added: “It’s tacky what she is doing. She should use any fame she has for better causes. She is leaving herself open to all sorts of criticism.
“I do feel sorry for her and I think she should have had some sort of grief counselling.”