Saturday 24 June 2017

'Westlife lads don't support us the same way Boyzone do' - Keith Duffy on Boyzlife

Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden have formed Boyzlife
Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden have formed Boyzlife
Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden
Brian McFadden and his new girlfriend Danielle Parkinson go on a double date with his Boyzlife partner Keith Duffy and his wife Lisa Duffy at Wishbone Restaurant on Montague Street, Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM

Sean O'Grady

They're flying high as Boyzlife, but Keith Duffy has admitted the former members of Westlife are not very supportive of his and Brian McFadden's musical act.

The pair teamed up to bring their greatest hits to fans and are heading on a tour of Ireland and the UK in April.

While Keith has remained very close to his Boyzone pals, the same can't be said for Brian's relationship with the guys from Westlife, who will not be going to the duo's gigs any time soon.

"The Westlife lads are not as supportive because Brian's situation with them is a different situation," Keith told the Herald.

Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden
Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden

"Westlife went on for six or seven years without Brian, so they have a completely different relationship than I do with Boyzone."

Brian departed Westlife in 2004 to focus on his solo career and has not enjoyed the amiable relationship Keith has had with his former bandmates.

"Myself and the lads in Boyzone have a great brotherhood between us. We know where our faults lie and we try to bring out the best in each other," Keith said.

Brian was living with Keith and his wife Lisa for a period last year after returning from his home in the UK.

Brian McFadden and his new girlfriend Danielle Parkinson go on a double date with his Boyzlife partner Keith Duffy and his wife Lisa Duffy at Wishbone Restaurant on Montague Street, Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM
Brian McFadden and his new girlfriend Danielle Parkinson go on a double date with his Boyzlife partner Keith Duffy and his wife Lisa Duffy at Wishbone Restaurant on Montague Street, Pictures: Jerry McCarthy / VIPIRELAND.COM

The Dubliner liked his new digs so much he has moved in down the road from the family.

"Brian has rented a house on the same road where I live. I live on a golf course and they have holiday homes on the course," he said.

Brian is in a relationship with English beauty Danielle Parkinson.

The singer and the PE teacher (both 36) made their first public appearance as a couple at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin for the annual celebrity ward walk.

Brian has since left his house in London and now spends most of his time with Danielle in Manchester.

"He got rid of his place in London and rented his place beside me," said Keith.

"He spends most of his time now in Manchester with his new girlfriend when he's not working."

Describing their time living together, Keith admitted Brian was more immature than his 20-year-old son, Jay.

"It was like having another child. It's like having a younger son than Jay. Brian is 36, but he's harder to handle than Jay is," he said.

"But he's a great character - he has a heart of gold and he's very talented. We have a great relationship."

Brian recently admitted he felt his departure from the band was a good thing for its remaining members because they were not enjoying it any more.

The father-of-two reckons his exit made them reassess their places in the group and not take their careers for granted.

Herald

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