He's in the UK now...': X Factor winner Marlisa Punzalan reveals she isn't in contact with mentor Ronan Keating as she stuns solo on ARIAs red carpet
She was named winner of the X Factor Australia 2014 just five short weeks ago.
But 15-year-old Marlisa Punzalan says she's no longer in regular contact with judge and mentor Ronan Keating who is currently living in the UK with his girlfriend Storm Uechtritz.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia from the ARIAs red carpet in Sydney, the Stand By You singer revealed she's hardly met up with the former Boyzone star since wrapping up on the talent show.I did catch up with him at a gig after the show but I think it's a bit difficult because he's in the UK now so...' the teenager said on Wednesday
.When asked if they speak over the phone she replied: 'Oh no, not lately,' but says, 'I'm sure I will' see him at some point in the future.
Ronan has had his plate full of late and made his West End debut this week when he joined the cast of musical Once in London.
And his young mentee, who stunned in an embellished Philippa Galasso while attending the awards night solo, doesn't appear to have any hard feelings.
'It's been a roller coaster,' she said of her time after the show, 'Non stop gigs, going every where to promote my album, it's been fun!'
'It's awesome to experience this at my age, I'm really lucky,' she gushed.
While Marlisa will be attending the glitzy event alongside fellow X Factor alums One Direction, she says she's 'too shy' to approach the boys and suggest a possible duet.
The brunette looked classy in a blue and nude designer frock with an intricately beaded bodice and feathered hem.
She teamed the cute mini dress with a pair of nude, peep-toe stilettos and wore her long locks in loose curls on the night.
Taking to social media ahead of her red carpet arrival, Marlisa wrote on Instagram: 'At The ARIAS... Super excited!!!'
Music network Channel V weren't so kind to the youngster on their Twitter account writing: 'OMG my first and last #ARIAs!' alongside an image of Marlisa.
Also busy: Ronan is currently in the UK with his girlfriend Storm Uechtritz and made his East End debut in the musical once on Tuesday (pictured)