Ronan Keating said his ‘heart hurts’ as he and his family said an emotional farewell to daughter Missy as she moves to Australia.
The 21-year-old daughter of the Boyzone star and his ex-wife Yvonne Connolly is moving Down Under to pursue a career in acting.
Prior to this she has worked as a model and is still signed to Dublin-based agency 1st Option Management.
She also starred on the Irish version of Dancing with the Stars at the beginning of this year.
And there has been speculation she could even appear on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! which is filmed in Australia and hits TV screens on Sunday.
While the I’m A Celeb rumour is unconfirmed, it seems Missy has had the move planned for a while.
Speaking to Irish showbiz website Goss.ie, she said: “I’m moving to Sydney at the end of the month. I’m really looking forward to it.
“I have lots of family in Australia, and there are some great agencies out there for acting. I’m really excited to get out there and start a new chapter. It’s time for a new me.”
Explaining the reason for her career change, she added: “I’ve always enjoyed acting and put it on hold for the last few years as there’s been other things I’ve been interested in, but looking back, acting has always been the thing I enjoyed the most. It’s what I can see myself doing, hopefully, years to come.”
Posting a snap of his daughter hugging his youngest kids, Cooper, five, and two-year-old Coco, an emotional Ronan wrote on Instagram : “Off she goes.
“Australia watch out @missyykeating is on her way. Heart hurts so much. We are all going to miss her like crazy.”
Sharing their family nickname for Missy, he continued: “I’m so excited for ya Moo moo. Massive thank you to all the team @virginatlantic for taking such great care.”
Missy’s brother Jack Keating, 23 – who made a brief appearance on Love Island this year – responded underneath with a red heart and crying face emoji.
Her mum Yvonne also took to Instagram to wish her daughter the best of luck Down Under
She wrote: “Before Missy moves on to the next chapter in her life, we got to spend the most beautiful weekend with her friends and family and to say our goodbyes before she goes back to London, to get ready for her big move to Australia!!
“You wanted this for so long Missy. What an adventure. We will miss you so much but I’m also SO excited for you.
“You are a formidable, fabulous, fierce woman and will no doubt make the most of the opportunities that come your way. I love you @missyykeating.”
Missy’s step-mum Storm, who is mum to Ronan’s two youngest children, also posted a goodbye message on Instagram.
Sharing a tearful snap of them with their arms round each other as they walked through the airport, she wrote: “When you let them go,” followed by a broken heart emoji.
She continued: “So many tears but so excited for you Moo. You are the most amazing young woman and so ready to now take on the world
“You have such a wonderful adventure ahead of you and I look forward to watching it all unfold – you deserve it.
“We’re going to miss you soooo much, this house just won’t feel the same without your glowing energy and smiling face in it. Love you.”
Replying to the posts, Missy wrote: “What a heartbreaking goodbye. Love you guys so much. Thank you for everything!! Visit me ASAP please.”