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Boyzone: No rock and roll for us

Boyzone have said they prefer tea and hugs over the fast-paced rock and roll lifestyle.

The Irish boyband - Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating and Shane Lynch - admitted it's the clean-living life for them rather than wild parties.

"It was never sex, drugs and rock and roll for us. We're good Catholic Irish boys. There are more cups of tea and hugs now," Keith said.

His bandmate Shane added: "We were reared on the quiet side of the tracks. We were nice lads - none of us were the tough guys in our area or any of that.

"We got together and went off in our own bubble and we were in that bubble, we were on an exciting rollercoaster."

Boyzone, who are toasting their 20th anniversary in the music industry with a tour and an ITV show, revealed they are enjoying being busy again.

Keith said: "It's fantastic - for more reasons than just the music and the performance. There's huge history throughout the years of being together, growing up together and achieving some of the best experiences of our lives together and going through some of the toughest times of our lives together through the loss of Stephen (Gately).

"Coming together now is brilliant, because we can be the kids we were 20 years ago, that the responsibilities of general life don't allow you to be at home, so we're like boys having a great time."

The group joked about lasting another 20 years, with Mikey saying: "As long as we have fans who buy our records and want to come and see us perform, why not? I don't know if we'll be doing a lot of dancing at that stage!"

:: Boyzone At 20: No Matter What is on ITV on December 13.

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