Ian Bailey admits he still has feelings for ex Jules Thomas after chance encounter
The pair’s tumultuous relationship has been well documented
Ian Bailey has admitted he still has strong feelings for his ex Jules Thomas after bumping into her last week.
The pair’s tumultuous relationship has been well documented with Mr Bailey admitting it was “to my eternal shame” that he beat Jules to the point she required hospital treatment and required eight stitches as her lip was nearly severed from her gum.
But speaking to host Richard Herlihy on his YouTube channel Richie’s Food and Nature Ireland, Mr Bailey admitted he realised he still had strong feelings for his ex after bumping to her in West Cork a week ago.
He said: “I had great support, in fairness. Earlier this year, the documentaries were coming out, Jules decided that our journey which was really over 30, we’ve been through thick and thin, 25 years or it, 24 years of it… been marred by this and I’m very, very sympathetic towards her. I saw her the other day… I still have feelings… emotions or feelings. Anyway.”
Reflecting on his year as the 25th anniversary of Ms Toscan du Plantier’s murder approaches, he said he felt like he had been tied to the back of a wild bull and can’t free himself.
He said: “So this year, it has just been one… and I didn’t know, there were certain times this year where it felt like it was like it being tied to the back of a wild bull and it was out of control and I was tied to it so I couldn’t get off it.”
Earlier this month, Jules was forced to rubbish claims she dumped the 64-year-old poet and Journalist by letter last March – but said her daughter penned a note to him telling him to leave her mother’s idyllic West Cork home, The Prairie.
Mr Bailey claimed in The Big Issue magazine that he was dumped by a letter left on the kitchen table addressed to him.
He said at the time: “In March a letter arrived hand addressed to me. I remember Jules putting it down on the kitchen table.
“I opened it wondering who it was from and what message it would contain.
“What I read sent a deep emotional shock through me….it was 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.”
But Jules rubbished claims she dumped him by letter and told us that the letter was an attempt made by her daughter to get him to leave her home that he was still living in long after they split.
Jules told us that she had asked Ian politely to leave her home several times, but he did not move out.
Jules’ daughter decided to pen a letter to Ian telling him he had to leave.
The landscape artist told us earlier this month: “A letter was written but not by me. I had been asking him very nicely to find somewhere else to live for quite a long time,” adding that the couple’s relationship had ended long ago.
“The letter was about him having to leave the property.
“He’s not got his facts clear anyway. He was looking pretty stunned, and I realised he must’ve read it. I knew it had come in the post because I recognised my daughter’s handwriting.
“I asked him to go many times. I just found it was coming to the end of the road really. I was worn out.
“I tried to explain to him many times we were done and he was just not going to budge until my daughter said — I didn’t ask her to write it but she is quite good with words — so it obviously did the trick.”