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Bonnie Ryan: 'Being a close family helps us ALL deal with pain of Gerry not being there at Christmas'

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Bonnie Ryan has said her whole family will stick together at Christmas to deal with the pain of Gerry not being there.

The 22-year-old, who is working on making it as a singer, said the closeness with her siblings and mum Maura helps over the holidays.

Asked how she deals with the loss of her 2FM legend dad at Christmas, Bonnie said: “I have an extremely amazing family, we are so close. So in that way, we can get through anything together.”

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And Bonnie insisted that she doesn’t mind people talking about her father Gerry – who died in 2010 – but wants it to all be about her now.

She added: “Of course I don’t mind. I know it is going to be brought up and my dad was an incredible person.

“I am extremely proud of him and I am extremely proud to be his daughter, but this is kind of my time now.

“I work really hard on what I do and I want people to see me for Bonnie Ryan and the work I am doing and the performance I am giving and not for any other reason but for the fact I am working hard to establish myself.

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“I understand when things get brought up but at the same time I would like people to see me for who I am myself.”

And Bonnie told RSVP Magazine that she knows Gerry will be extremely happy with her choice of career – because he wanted it for himself.

“He wanted me to do whatever was going to make me happy and he came to all of my tours and secretly, I think he wanted to be the one on stage.

“Because a little bit of him wanted to be a rock star. My dad knew this was what I wanted to do so, he would be proud of me now.”

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