Wednesday 7 December 2016

'None of the members of Westlife were ever going to join' - Nicky Byrne on Boyzlife

Published 20/04/2016 | 07:44

Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden have formed Boyzlife
Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden have formed Boyzlife

Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne has distanced himself and the other members of the band from Boyzlife.

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During promotion of the Boyzlife tour of Hilton Hotels, headed up by former Westlifer Brian McFadden and Boyzone singer Keith Duffy, McFadden suggested the "door is always open" for other members of Westlife to join.

However, 2fm presenter and Eurovision hopeful Byrne says the band has "distanced" itself from Boyzlife.

"I get on with Brian but the Boyzlife thing was probably sold, maybe by accident, by Brian and Keith thinking that maybe some of us would join, that the door was open for us to join but the reality of it is that none of the members of Westlife were ever going to join," he told The Irish Daily Star.

Malahide's Nicky Byrne who will represent Ireland in this year's Eurovision song contest
Malahide's Nicky Byrne who will represent Ireland in this year's Eurovision song contest

Byrne went on to say that if the band did ever reunite it would be for a world tour rather than a tour for a hotel chain although he wished Brian and Keith well in their endeavour.

"I think if you're going to have a laugh, tell some stories and sing some songs, why not?" he said.

However, regarding the idea that Westlife were back together for the Boyzlife tour, he said it may have been an accident or simply the "media spinning" the story.

He said, "I mean that was just never true from our point of view.  I wish them the best but it's not for me."

Brian and Keith appeared on the Late Late Show to discuss Boyzlife
Brian and Keith appeared on the Late Late Show to discuss Boyzlife

Fellow Westlifer Kian Egan has been very vocal about his disapproval of how the tour was marketed.

The Voice of Ireland judge said McFadden and Duffy's decision to form the group was "unfair on the fans".

"It's a bit of an odd one. You know, a member of Westlife who left the band after four years decides to use half the name for whatever it is that they're doing," he told 98FM's Big Breakfast.

"It was really aggravating and really unfair on the fans. Everybody thought that Westlife and Boyzone were getting together to do a tour and the name Boyzlife is the reason why," he said.

"It was a clever marketing ploy I suppose by Brian and Keith."

McFadden responded to the remarks on the Late Late Show.

"If Westlife ever got back together again, it would be Westlife. It would be the four guys who stood in Croke Park the day Westlife ended," he said.

“At the end of the day myself and Brian are after teaming up to do a show and talk about 20 years in the business. All the performances we do will be in a Hilton Hotel all across the UK and Ireland.”

“A saucer of milk for Kian please.”

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