Ben Foden marries again a year after divorce from Una Healy

By Alex Green, PA Entertainment Reporter

Rugby player Ben Foden has married again – deciding to tie the knot after two weeks of dating.

Foden, 34, broke the news on social media and told fans that he had received the blessing of his ex-wife Una Healy.

He and the former Saturdays star were married for six years and have two children together, but parted ways a year ago.

In a lengthy post on Instagram Foden said he expected people to say he and his new girlfriend Jackie were “mad or crazy or even fools” for deciding to marry after two weeks.

However, he asked his 100,000 followers: “Why wait?”

Foden also shared a picture of Jackie kissing him from Nantucket in Massachusetts.

He described the last year as “by far my toughest and most turbulent” and said he expected many people to think he was a “bad person”.

However, he added: “But I met a girl who seriously swept me off my feet and in a time of hardship showed me love, a deep devoted love. People will say we are mad or crazy or even fools, as @snackyjax and I had only been dating seriously for a little over 2 weeks before deciding to get married. But when someone like her comes into your life, why would I wait?”

Saturdays star Una Healy (Steve Parsons/PA)

He continued: “The people who needed to know, such as close family and friends were told before anyone else and they are happy for me including my beautiful X wife @unahealy who I love even more for her blessing.

“Life is short and you only get one and it’s worth living. Jackie is the greatest human being I’ve ever come across – she’s beautiful inside and out, intelligent, charming, funny, generous, kind, gentle, energetic the list goes on.”

He continued by saying that Jackie would be “a great step mum to Aoife and Tadhg”, adding that his new wife’s sister had been the witness at their ceremony.

Healy and Foden married in Ireland in 2012 after four years of dating.

They welcomed daughter Aoife shortly before they got married, and son Tadhg in 2015.