Former Westlife singer Shane Filan has admitted that leaving his €10m (£7.8m) Sligo home after it was finally sold for just €800k (£628k) was "the hardest day of my life".
"It was tough to hear we had to lose the house. But it was a lot tougher on the day we left it – that was the worst day of our lives," he said.
Mr Filan (35) had built his 'dream' family home in 2004, but he, his wife Gillian and three children had to vacate it after he filed for bankruptcy in 2012, after his property company collapsed.
Speaking at the launch of his autobiography, My Side of Life, in Dublin, Mr Filan said: "I absolutely broke down when I left the house. I closed the door behind me and walked out, closed the gate, went to Knock Airport and flew back to London."
However, he said he was able to draw inspiration from the unfortunate situation. "I wrote Everything to Me two days later. It ended up being my first single, so things happen, and you've kind of got to deal with them as best you can. It wasn't a nice time at all. But you move on, and you never know what's around the corner."