Chart-toppers Westlife split after 14 years
Chart-topping Irish pop act Westlife are to split after 14 years, the band announced last night.
The four-piece — Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Kian Egan — said the split was amicable and that the band remained a “family”.
They will bow out following a Greatest Hits album this Christmas and a farewell tour next year, which will see them return to their ‘second home', the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. In a statement last night, Westlife said: “
The decision is entirely amicable and after spending all of our adult life together so far, we want to have a well-earned break and look at new ventures.”
The band have notched up 26 top 10 hits including 14 number one singles, 11 top five albums, seven of which were number one and sold over 44 million copies.
They sold out 10 tours, including a record-breaking 12 nights at the Odyssey Arena in 2002.