Bailey Ate Turkey Alone last Xmas, but life Goes on??

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Ian Bailey ‘profoundly shocked’ ex-partner Jules Thomas dumped him via a letter ‘written by someone else’

Ian Bailey has opened up about his brutal breakup from his partner of about 30 years, Jules Thomas, describing the “profound shock” he felt at reading the dumping letter allegedly written by somebody else

Ian Bailey has opened up about his brutal breakup from his partner of about 30 years, Jules Thomas, describing the “profound shock” he felt at reading the dumping letter allegedly written by somebody else.

Ian said the year 2021 has been one of the worst of his life, despite hopes his life was “on the up”. It began with spending last Christmas alone after Jules went to spend the day with her family in Cork – which in hindsight was a signal of the beginning of the end of their relationship, he says.

“Maybe I should have sensed what was subsequently going to happen,” Ian revealed in a new article published in the Big Issue.

“I went through the motions of trying to have a bit of seasonal cheer. I even roasted a turkey crown which I chewed alone.

“Little was I to know that after 24 years of interference, abuse and false accusation, that 2021 was going to become the most traumatic and testing period of my life”.

Ian said his relationship to his long term partner – whom he began dating shortly after his arrival to Ireland in the early 90s – ended in March, in the form of a letter left on the kitchen table of her home in West Cork.

“In March a letter arrived hand addressed to me. I remember Jules putting it down on the kitchen table. I did not recognise the writing and opened it wondering who it was from and what message it would contain”.

Former British journalist Ian Bailey (R) arrives with his partner Jules Thomas (L) at the High Court in Dublin, Ireland on March 1, 2012 where was set to learn if he faces extradition to France over the 1996 killing of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in Cork. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP via Getty Images)

Ian said he was shocked at the letter, which asked him to move out, adding that Jules didn’t have the courage to write it herself.

“It was written by a third party at Jules behest informing me that she wanted me out of her life and out of the house. Our journey was at an end.

“The shock was profound.”

The painter and poet, who was the prime suspect in the murder of French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier, said he thought his life was about to finally starting turning around after the Irish High Court again rejected an extradition request from French authorities.

He said: “Anyone who observed the rejection of the French rendition from a distance might have assumed my fortunes were on the up.

“On my return to West Cork things were not as I might have expected.

“I thought that Jules would have been relieved that I had finally defeated the possibility of enforced separation by extradition. The reception I got was rather cool.”

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