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'I was too scared to be on Grindr when I was single,' says Markus Feehily

Published 28/10/2015 | 09:10

Mark Feehily arrives at The Saturday Night Show, RTE
Mark Feehily arrives at The Saturday Night Show, RTE
Westlife: Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan and Shane Filan
Mark Feehily (L) of Westlife and Kevin McDaid

Singer Markus Feehily said single life wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

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The former Westlife star split from fiance Kevin McDaid in 2011 after seven years together and while he's loved up with a mystery man once again, he said that he doesn't look back on his days as a single man fondly.

The 35-year-old said that his fame meant he couldn't use traditional routes in meeting a new love interest and instead,

"When i was with Westlife, I couldn't go down to the pub and meet a guy or whatever. There was no Grindr and even if there was, I wouldn't have been on it," he told Gay Community News.

Mark Feehily (L) of Westlife and Kevin McDaid
Mark Feehily (L) of Westlife and Kevin McDaid

"After Kevin and I split up, I was too scared to be on Grindr. I'm not one of those people who would frown upon Grindr at all, but your man from Westlife turning up on it?

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"I got a bit, kind of messed around in the single world, maybe just because I had never seen it before. It was my first time in the sginle world as an out guy and there weer a lot of dark things happening."

The Sligo man previously admitted his painful split with former V singer Kevin was the inspiration behind his new solo album, along with the struggle of coping with being single after a long-term relationship.

Westlife: Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan and Shane Filan
Westlife: Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily, Kian Egan and Shane Filan

"Every song on the album is about all the different aspects of all the different emotions I went through since Westlife finished," he said.

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"Everything was overshadowed by a big relationship break-up and then I was single for a while and then I was back in a relationship in the end.

"I don't know which of the two was the worst - the break up of the band or being single and being out there in a very cut-throat world."

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