Ronan Keating has opened up about the breakdown of his marriage describing it as the 'hardest thing' he has ever had to contend with.

The Boyzone star has also said that since his split from wife Yvonne last April he has lost a lot of weight because he struggling to eat.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror the 35-year-old said "This has been by far the hardest thing I have ever had to contend with in my life, the hardest thing Yvonne and I have had to do together."

"I’ve lost a bit of weight. I run a lot and basically I haven’t been eating – just drinking all the ****ing time."

He added: "This whole split has been incredibly painful. I am very much single now but can’t even contemplate dating again – that is the last thing on my mind, even the thought of it terrifies me."

Recently Yvonne said "Every mother has to remain strong for their kids. And every mother has their own issues to deal with, and you just have to try and get on with it as best you can."

"Despite everything that’s gone on I’m in great form, really great form. The kids are well and I’m keeping busy. We are still great friends, that will always remain the case and that’s important for the kids as well."