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Markus Feehily: My new album is inspired by heartache and being single

Published 10/10/2015 | 16:05

Markus Feehily
Markus Feehily

Former Westlife star Markus Feehily says his new solo album is based on heartache and the end of his long-term relationship to fiancé Kevin McDaid.

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The 35-year-old said his new release 'Fire' was inspired by the pain of being "messed around" in relationships.

Markus said he put pen to paper as a way of dealing with the heartache.

Just before he began to write the material, Markus split with his partner of seven years Kevin McDaid.

 “I wrote the album over a period of around three years and it just so happened at the start of that time I was going through a break-up and then I was single for a while."

“I realised I didn’t enjoy being single, you do get messed around and there are people out there who are nice people but seem to not have that chip in their brain.

Markus Feehily
Markus Feehily

“People lie – they say one thing and do another and they throw your feelings around the room a bit," he told the Irish Daily Mirror.

However, Markus doesn't define the album as a traditional 'break up record'.

“I was glad to get back into a relationship and the album is about the whole spectrum of events – it’s not just a break-up album, it’s not just a ‘Screw you’ record, it’s not just an ‘I’m in love’ record.

“It’s more a little bit of what I have been up to since the band finished.”

Markus said that former fiancé Kevin has not heard the songs yet.

"One thing I will say is that it’s not about one person so there’s not one person who can claim responsibility for it. It’s about experiences I had when I was single as well.

“One thing I don’t want to do is be too specific about what the songs are about as I want people to create their own ideas and find their own meanings to them.”

The Sligo native concluded that writing the album was "very cathartic".

Markus Feehily
Markus Feehily

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