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Westlife to discuss reunion over 'Christmas catch up'

By Kelly Allen

The Westlife lads are meeting up at Christmas to discuss getting back together.

There have been rumours swirling for weeks after Louis Walsh said they were reuniting. But while Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, and Kian Egan have denied it's happening, Mark Feehily said in an exclusive chat with Sunday Life they were going to chat about it.

He told Showbiz Life: "We are going to meet up for a little Christmas drink, so that will happen over the next week. That's something I'm really looking forward to. Shane has been messaging me and I saw Nicky when I went on his radio show. Everybody has been wishing each other the best of luck and a happy Christmas.

"The main thing this is going to be is a catch-up, because we haven't been together in a while. But I'm sure that subject (the reunion) will come up because it's been a hot topic.

"The one thing everyone keeps asking me is, 'Is there a reunion?' The truth is, we all love the thought of it and being in those big arenas. That's the thing I miss the most, and I think that's what the fans miss too. As much as we all love it, it's really not going to happen any time soon.

"At the minute, it's just other people saying it. Then people contact me saying, 'We really got our hopes up and now we're sad'. I hate that happening."

Louis previously claimed that the boyband, which split in 2012, would reunite, but Mark said fans should only get excited when one of the ex-members of the group says it's happening.

"The only four people that can make it happen or confirm it are the four of us," he added. "If we don't say it, take it with a pinch of salt. It's not black and white. People think 'You all love each other and you are getting back together' or 'You hate each other and it never happening' but it's neither of those. There's nothing but love for the lads."

The 37-year-old is focusing on his solo career after releasing a Christmas album that includes a cover of Joni Mitchell's River, Otis Redding's Merry Christmas Baby and Mariah Carey's Miss You Most (at Christmas Time).

Mark, who opened for Carey in her Christmas tour, said he'd had a brilliant time with the US superstar.

"Mariah arrived before she went on stage and zoomed off to Vegas straight after," he added. "We had a brief and lovely catch-up. She wished me the best of luck with the album. It was really nice to see her. I watched the show at the side of the stage in Manchester and she kept waving over to me.

"She looks stunning and sounds amazing. It's always daunting opening for someone else, but it was a really positive experience."

Ahead of a Christmas hits show at the Empire Music Hall in Belfast, the former Westlife man also told how he loved smaller gigs.

"I'm really looking forward to playing the more intimate show in Belfast," he said. "The punters are right there in front of you and it's good craic."

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