Brian McFadden: ‘I saved Westlife when I left the band’
Brian McFadden has said his 2004 departure from Westlife inspired the band to “appreciate what they had” and stop taking things for granted.
The Boyzlife singer said he believes that the band would have split up had he not left and inspired them to continue for a further eight years.
Speaking to The Sun, Brian said: “If we had been given a break, it might have been different but when I look back bow everything happens for a reason.
“None of the other guys were enjoying it at that stage. They hated it. But when I left, they all got scared with this feeling, how long is it going to last?
“They ended up appreciating what they had again and they started to love it again.
“They got eight years of something they were taking for granted,” he said.
The singer, who has paired up with former Boyzone singer Keith Duffy in a new venture, recently stepped out with his new girlfriend Danielle Parkinson.
The former Westlife star and the PE teacher (both 36) made their first public appearance as a couple at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin for the annual celebrity ward walk on December 23.
It was a family day out for Brian who also brought along his eldest daughter Molly (15), with the trio all smiles as they donned Santa hats for the festive singalong.
They have been pictured together in Dublin and London in recent months as their romance heats up and haven't been shy about sharing their new love on social media, but yesterday marked their first official appearance as a couple.
And it's definitely getting more serious as McFadden said his new girlfriend would be spending Christmas with his family in Ireland.
Danielle was first introduced to Brian by singer Cole Paige and rumours of a romance were first sparked when they were pictured together at the K Club. They divide their time between Dublin, London and Danielle's base in Lancashire.
Friends say the singer fell fast for the one-time Olympic athlete hopeful, with the couple spending several weekends together in the early days of their relationship.
The Dubliner revealed that 2016 was one of the best years of his life and hinted that his new girlfriend played a big role in that as they prepare to spend their first Christmas together.
"I'm going to be with the kids and the family for Christmas. This has been one of the best years of my life really. Everything in general, my work, my private life, it's been great," he said.