Shane Filan back in black after bankruptcy with autobiography and Asia tour
Published 05/09/2014 | 11:15
Former Westlife singer Shane Filan is charging forth with his comeback from bankruptcy with a tour of Asia and the release of his autobiography.
The 35-year-old star has had a tumultuous few years with the break-up of the band following their Greatest Hits album and farewell tour in 2012, and financial losses amounting to a reported €22 when the recession hit his numerous property investments.
This summer he was due to support Garth Brooks on teh Sunday night of Garth's proposed five-night stint at Croke Park, and was devastated when the gig was cancelled.
At the same time, his Sligo home in Carraroe was sold for €800,000, a drop from the asking price of €1m. The star had built the house for €3m.
Shane, who now lives with is wife Gillian and three children in Surrey, declared himself bankrupt in 2012 and has since worked incredibly hard on his solo career and other projects to get back in the black.
His autobiography, 'My Side of Life' is due out next month and charts the singer's struggles.
Speaking to The Irish Daily Mirror, he said, "It's a very honest book, very true. It brings back a lot of hard memories for me and to a time where I was very scared and anxious, I had three small children to support.
"I hope it helps. Poeple have done very drastic things when going through financial problems and I hope I can prevent some of that."
The star is also set to embark on a three-week tour of Asia. He will play the Olympia on Dec 2, the last night of his You and Me tour celebrating his first solo album.