"Once" was last year's little indie film that could, going all the way to Oscar glory with a Best Original Song win for its musician stars, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The movie was set in Dublin and told of the touching love story between a struggling musician (Hansard) and a flower seller (Irglova), and it garnered all kinds of rave reviews. Dubliner Hansard, 38, and Irglova, 20, originally from Czechoslovakia, brought the film's love story to life with a romance off screen - don't you just love when that happens! - and began touring the world as a duo called the Swell Season. But things apparently aren't so swell anymore and the couple is no longer an item, at least in the romantic sense. "We had made the film. We had gone through so much with the Oscar. Of course we fell into each other's arms," Hansard told the Sydney Morning Herald. Hansard and Irglova played three sold out shows in the Aussie city this week, and the music will go on even if the love story is kaput. "It was a very necessary part of our friendship but I think we both concluded that that wasn't what we really wanted to do. So we're not together now. We are just really good friends." One person not aware of the relationship status change is Glen's mother Catherine Hansard. "If it's true he kept it secret from us. I'll be talking to him soon so will find out then," she told the Irish Independent.
Moving to Ireland
After living in Ireland for almost one year, this is what I’ve learned