‘I would have made a lot of money’ – Brian McFadden’s regret over quitting Westlife
Brian McFadden has revealed he regrets missing out on making a fortune by quitting Westlife to pursue a solo career.
The 35 year old singer's post-Westlife career has been much less successful than that of his former Westlife pals Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, and Shane Filan.
"Sometimes I think if I'd stayed another 10 years, I would have made a lot of money, but that would be the only reason for any regret." he told The Irish News.
McFadden left the band in 2004 before the band went on to sell 50 million albums worldwide. They only split up in 2012.
However, aside from the cash, McFadden says he has no other regrets about leaving when he did.
"We worked 365 days a year, living on planes and in hotels and out of suitcases and never being in the same country for two days," he said.
"After a while you realise there's no point in being successful if you can't enjoy it, share it with someone else or be with the people you care about."
McFadden was married to Atomic Kitten's Kerry Katona at the time and they had two daughters, Molly and Lily Sue, but they split the same year he left the group and he went on to date Aussie singer Delta Goodrem.
He is now married to Irish model Vogue Williams (29) and said, "You can be in love with someone, but if you can't be friends with them, it's kind of pointless.
"I left them I wanted to leave and wouldn't change my life now. I have a balance with work and family which I never had before."
He also revealed he told one of his daughters who expressed an interest in a pop career to finish her education first.
"Even if you're the best singer in the world, there's no guarantee you'll make it. I'd say it's 99 per cent luck and one per cent."