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Keating to stay close to home
Singer Ronan Keating. Picture: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for IWC.

X Factor judge *Ronan Keating *has put his plans to relocate to Australia on hold since the breakdown of his marriage.

The singer, who recently returned to Sydney for The X Factor auditions, announced his split from his wife of 14 years, *Yvonne Connolly *, earlier this year.

Last year the family were planning to move here but now Connolly is based in Dublin with the couple's three children *Jack *, *Marie * and *Ali *.

"My life is different now, my kids are at home and I need to be there as much as I can," Keating told an Eastern States newspaper.

"I'll still work around the world but I want to be with them as much as I can. At the end of the day I don't want them to feel like things have changed dramatically, that's very important."

Following the auditions, Keating will fly to France for the Cannes Film Festival this week to promote his movie Goddess before shooting a "massive film" in Los Angeles in July. He will return to Australia when The X Factor live shows kick off later in the year.

The West Australian

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