Irish bandmates still as tight as ever after 23 years together despite occasional spat
Westlife have revealed they still have fights after 23 years together.
Shane Filan (42), Mark Feehily (41), Nicky Byrne (43) and Kian Egan are still as tight as ever, but they do have the occasional spat.
Kian (41) said: “Of course we fight. We’re like any four guys who spend a lifetime together. You fight with your sibling, but they’re your siblings so you make up. Same with us.”
Mark added: “If you have an argument with a sibling, they’re not going to be like ‘I’m not your brother anymore’. We’re able to have a healthy argument because we’re not worried about splitting up.”
The fab four are preparing to tour next year and have released a new album called Wild Dreams which has songs written by all four members for the first time, as well as a ballad penned by Ed Sheeran. “We’re very lucky. We get to have the best night of our lives every time we do a gig. By the end of the gig, you come out buzzing,” said Kian.
Speaking about writing songs for the album, Shane added: “My mum and dad passed away in the last year and a half and I went through a very sad period.
“I always wanted to learn the guitar and it was a nice way to keep my mind off my mum dying. I learnt any song that reminded me of happy times, then that developed into the songwriting.
“It was therapeutic and brought me to a happy place. There’s a song called Always With Me and it’s about my mum and dad, their relationship and how he must have felt without her in the nine months they were apart. My parents are not with me anymore, but playing music is when they can be with you. I’m closest to them when I’m singing.”
The Irish singers, who have 53 million record sales and 14 number ones, are enjoying fame now after getting back together in 2018 because their children get to experience them performing.
Kian said: “My oldest Koa is nine and I’m the coolest dad in the world.”
Shane added: “It’s a great part of Westlife now. Someone asked the other day ‘What’s better? The hysteria when Westlife started or the success you have now?’. I say the now because it’s 23 years on. It’s incredible we’re doing Wembley Stadium and now our children get to enjoy it. It’s a proud dad feeling and it makes it more special.”