Una Healys children blocked by US immigration from visiting dad Ben Foden

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Una Healy's children have been blocked from entering the US to visit their dad Ben Foden, his wife has told her social media followers.

Jackie Belanoff Smith travelled from her and Ben's home in New York to Dublin to collect the rugby star's two children with The Saturdays singer Una.

Ben, 35, and 39 year old Una's daughter Aoife, nine, and Tadhg, six, successfully left Ireland and touched down in the US, but were not allowed past immigration.

Jackie, who welcomed Ben's third child in May 2020, said she is a "complete mess" after spending hours trying to get the children into the country.

Jackie took to Instagram to share a lengthy statement explaining why Aoife and Tadhg weren't Stateside with her, their dad and baby sister Farrah.

She wrote: "For anyone who asks why my two stepbabies are not with us this summer… here's the nightmare we're currently living.


"I currently just spent the past month organizing their trips over to the US – getting their tickets booked, hours on the phone w Aer Lingus making sure their stepmother can bring them over (immediate family can travel to US, by definition, children by marriage of are immediate) booking their ESTAs, etc. Ben can't travel because he's getting his greencard processed and can't leave the country.

"I take the red eye to Dublin last night, when I checked in at JFK, the attendants checked on the kids return flights, everyone was made of my plans to turn right back around with stepkids, flights were all normal looking."

She continued: "I pick them up in Dublin today, only to have their tickets blocked by immigration.

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"An hour at check in trying to get them through, and then another 1-2 hours + stuck in immigration offices, only to be told that there is a ban on EU citizens, and there's nothing possible we can do, other than fly to Turkey or Mexico, quarantine for 14 days an then bring them over from there.

"Having to break these poor babies hearts, who had their hopes up for a fun summer w their dad and sister, we're all not okay right now.

"Una was a rockstar with them, they were on the phone with their dad, both Una and he calmed them down.

"I'm very much not okay and am a completely mess. This is my attempt to tell all my friends rather than over and over, so there's the full story on that.

"We will filing for emergency travel for Ben, and probably be spending the rest of the summer in England/Ireland when Bens rugby season is done."

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