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Westlife: Where are they now? From Mark Feehily’s catering van to Shane Filan’s bankruptcy

Back in the late 90s and early 00s, Westlife was one of the biggest bands in the world.

Selling over 50 million records worldwide, and scoring a massive 14 number one singles in the UK, the five Irish heartthrobs were riding high on their incredible success.

The group originally started as a five-piece before Bryan McFadden made the decision to leave the band in 2004 to spend more time of his family and work on solo projects.

Westlife continued without Bryan for a further eight years but decided to call it quits in 2012, after releasing a statement which revealed they all wanted a break and the chance to look at new ventures.

But what exactly has everyone been up to since that final farewell tour?

Shane Filan

Shane has had plenty of ups and downs since leaving Westlife three years ago.

Just days after Westlife performed their final farewell tour in June 2012, Shane was declared bankrupt after a property venture he entered into with his brother went badly wrong.

The singer revealed that his company owed banks £18million – a gigantic sum of money that was impossible to pay back.

Nevertheless, he has turned his life back around and gone on to release two successful solo albums – with his third record Love Always due next month. We seriously cannot wait to hear it!

Mark Feehily

Mark Feehily was Westlife’s lead singer, along with fellow bandmate Shane Filan, but since the group disbanded, he has fallen below the radar.

Splitting from his fiance Kevin McDaid in 2012, the 34-year-old piled on the pounds and announced he was entering a French detox and weight loss camp in 2014.

Now, Mark has started his own catering business which sees him serving food and hot drinks from the back of a van as he travels to festivals and events around the UK and Ireland.

Kian Egan

 

Kian Egan has arguably had the most success since the band split back in 2012.

The father of two, who married former girl band member Jodie Albert in 2008, recaptured the hearts of the nation when he was voted King of the Jungle in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity 2013 series.

Other than that, there have been brief stints as a presenter on This Morning and as a co-host on ITV rebooted Surprise Surprise. Oh and he co-presented a show called Fat Pets: Slimmer of the Year.

Kian was a coach on the series for five years but has still yet to win with one of his contestants. Over in the UK, Kian’s career was given a boost after he won the 13th series of I’m a Celebrity in 2013. This gave him a renewed profile to release his debut album Home in 2014, which went Top 10.

Nicky Byrne

 

Nicky Byrne, who used to be a semi-professional footballer before his time in Westlife, never used to get the lead vocal slots during his time in the band. Which is a shame, because he’s a fab singer!

Since the five boys disbanded he’s had a successful career as a TV and radio presenter, and he took the helm presenting this year’s edition of Irish talent show Dancing With the Stars. He was perhaps inspired by his turn as a contestant on the 2012 edition of Strictly Come Dancing, where he nearly got as far as the semi-final.

Nicky was chosen to represent his country at the 2016 Eurovision song contest in Ireland. Sadly, after performing his song Sunlight, he failed to make it to the final.

He is also a big supporter of Unicef and has taken part in several campaigns for the charity.

Bryan McFadden

Brian McFadden was one of the cutest band members. The babyface would say it. He left Westlife eight whole years before they’d all finally call it a day, departing the group in 2004 to spend more time with his family. Naturally, he immediately signed a solo deal with Sony BMG and chart-topping hit ‘Real To Me’ followed shortly afterward. He won’t be part of the reunion.

The star teamed up with Robbie Williams songwriter Guy Chambers for the majority of his debut album Irish Son, which got to number 24 in the UK but fared better in Ireland at number six. It didn’t de-rail the solo music career at all though, as three more albums followed, including Set In Stone (2008), Wall of Soundz (2010) and The Irish Connection (2013).

These days, however, Brian’s brain is back where it was at the beginning of his career: Westlife. Well, kind of. He has teamed up with Boyzone star Keith Duffy to form BoyzLife, and they toured hits from each of their groups’ back catalogs in 2016 and 2017. What a time to be alive.

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