Friday 18 August 2017

'Louis Walsh used to always slag my teeth in Westlife's early days,' says Nicky Byrne

Westlife's Nicky Byrne February 2, 2003 in Tolka Park, Dublin, Ireland. Keith Duffy's Allstar soccer team played Sky TV's Dream Team to raise money for Child Line. The match ended a 8-8 draw. (Photo by ShowBizIreland.com/Getty Images)
Westlife's Nicky Byrne February 2, 2003 in Tolka Park, Dublin, Ireland. Keith Duffy's Allstar soccer team played Sky TV's Dream Team to raise money for Child Line. The match ended a 8-8 draw. (Photo by ShowBizIreland.com/Getty Images)
Singer Nicky Byrne of the Irish pop group Westlife performs at a concert in London Arena April 17, 2003 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Getty Images)
Nikki Byrne with Dustin the Turkey celebrating the 2fm Nicky Byrne Show's 1st Birthday at The Bridge 1859, Ballsbridge Dublin yesterday. Photo: Gareth Chaney

Sherna Noah

Former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne has told how he suffered low self-esteem during the boyband's heyday when manager Louis Walsh kept ridiculing him because of his teeth.

Byrne, 36, was speaking as part of Good Morning Britain's selfie campaign after its survey found that women hit the delete button five times before settling on a snap which is good enough to post online.

He told the show: "It's a very blokey thing to be not concerned about your appearance, but I think we all care deep down.

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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)

"You're in a boyband you're going to be vain. But I remember the early days it was ... that my teeth were all over the place..."

Byrne, who eventually got a brace, said: "Louis used to always say to me 'You've got to get your teeth done, you've got to get your teeth done' and I suppose that resonated with me then and I went and got a brace."

He added: "In those kind of crazy Westlife years, it is something that you can't avoid - you see yourselves everywhere on magazine covers, on TV regularly and then you know you kind of think 'I need to do that, I need to change, I need to train a little bit'."

Good Morning Britain is encouraging viewers to share the first selfie they take, unfiltered, on social media under the hashtag #SelfieEsteem.

Singer Nicky Byrne of the Irish pop group Westlife performs at a concert in London Arena April 17, 2003 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Getty Images)
Singer Nicky Byrne of the Irish pop group Westlife performs at a concert in London Arena April 17, 2003 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Getty Images)

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