From love Island to life coach: Fran gets a fresh start

Fran Cosgrave (left) and Steve Smith at St Annes YMCA.
Fran Cosgrave (left) and Steve Smith at St Annes YMCA.
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A FORMER bouncer to the stars and international DJ has turned his back on the showbiz lifestyle to focus his attentions on life coaching.

Fran Cosgrave, who made his fortune working with Irish boyband Westlife before having to file for bankruptcy, is now a life coaching in neuro-linguistic programming.

Now living on the Fylde coast he is running taster sessions for residents living with anxiety problems.

He said: “Neuro-linguistic programming is about breaking limiting beliefs to get the best out of situations in life.

“I found myself bankrupt and one week away from homelessness, it was the most challenging time of my life.

“It led me to coaching and I just had such great results.

“Each one of us has the ability to be who ever we want to be and it’s my mission to help motivate and support people.”

Steve Smith, 45, is just one of Fran’s success stories.

The former BAE Systems employee had always had an eye for art but when anxiety took hold of his life he lost sight of his dream of setting up a photography studio.

With the help of Fran, Steve, from South Shore, has now realised his dream and overcome a life once buoyed by medication.

He said: “Fran has helped me through anxiety problems, it’s been a massive success.

“It’s really done the thing for me, from being very low and on medication to being full of life and enthusiasm.”

Fran, 35, makes no bones of his own fall from grace.

He recounted to visitors to his class, at St Annes YMCA on Tuesday evening, the time he had to sign on at a job centre and the embarrassment of still being asked to have photographs taken with fans from his time winning the first series of Celebrity Love Island, in 2005.

At that low point he was inspired to have coaching, and then train to become a coach, and has since given life coaching to Blackpool’s own Danny Howard, the Radio One DJ, as well as to families, performers and businessmen.

Fran will be running a full day workshop at the Inn On The Prom, St Annes, on April 27. For details: