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Shane Filan says 'strict' Louis Walsh kept Westlife squeaky clean

Published 10/10/2015 | 12:22

Irish pop stars (L-R) Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan, Bryan McFadden, Kian Egan of the pop group
Irish pop stars (L-R) Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan, Bryan McFadden, Kian Egan of the pop group "Westlife" and Irish music producer Louis Walsh (middle) attend the "Unbreakable" album launch at the Zuma Restaurant on November 11, 2002 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Singer Shane Filan revealed that manager Louis Walsh kept Westlife's squeaky clean boyband image intact during their heyday.

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The Sligo native added that Louis was "very strict" on the five-piece band.

Westlife member Shane Filan, Louis Walsh and Westlife member Nicky Byrne appear in the Meteor Ireland Music Awards press room after winning the Best Irish Pop Act award on March 17, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland <b>Photo:</b> Getty Images
Westlife member Shane Filan, Louis Walsh and Westlife member Nicky Byrne appear in the Meteor Ireland Music Awards press room after winning the Best Irish Pop Act award on March 17, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland Photo: Getty Images

"We liked to have a drink but that was about it. We never did drugs, we didn't get involved in any mad, crazy sh** or anything like that," Shane told Digital Spy.

"I think we were generally clean enough individuals anyway because our mums and dads would've f***ing killed us if we weren't. Louis was always very strict with us to a certain degree. He always reminded us how lucky we were," he mused.

Irish pop stars (L-R) Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan, Bryan McFadden, Kian Egan of the pop group
Irish pop stars (L-R) Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan, Bryan McFadden, Kian Egan of the pop group "Westlife" and Irish music producer Louis Walsh (middle) attend the "Unbreakable" album launch at the Zuma Restaurant on November 11, 2002 in London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

"He'd be always watching everything. He had disciples out listening to us. It was crazy how much he knew about our lives outside work hours, but that's what a good manager does. He kept us together as a band, that's his job."

Although Shane added that the band did love to party and have a drink once in a while.

"Vodka and Red Bull back in the day when that became a drink - Jesus! I drank too many vodka Red Bulls that's for sure."

The 36-year-old singer's second solo album Right Here topped the Irish charts last week.

The former Westlife singer Shane Filan with his wife Gillian
The former Westlife singer Shane Filan with his wife Gillian

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