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'I lean on Storm' - Ronan Keating gets candid about blended families, duet and why he thinks Louis Walsh was bitter

With his new album about to be released, the former Boyzone singer spoke to Donal Lynch about imminent fatherhood, duets that didn't work out and why he thinks Louis Walsh was bitter

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Ronan Keating has a new album on the way and his wife Storm is expecting a baby daughter. Photo:          Steve Schofield

Ronan Keating has a new album on the way and his wife Storm is expecting a baby daughter. Photo: Steve Schofield

Ronan Keating and his wife Storm are expecting a baby daughter

Ronan Keating and his wife Storm are expecting a baby daughter

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Ronan Keating has a new album on the way and his wife Storm is expecting a baby daughter. Photo: Steve Schofield

It's the day after Ronan Keating's 43rd birthday and in the dappled gloom of a private club in Dublin, the singer is still celebrating with a large glass of red wine. His elfin features break into a huge smile as he recalls the night before: a dinner with his wife Storm, daughter Missy and assorted friends, who presented him with a huge cake at a restaurant in London's Soho.

"When you're young you almost doubt you'll make it this far; even 40 sounded ancient to me when I was in my twenties," he says. "But there's so much about to happen, getting to this stage of life, it feels like a new chapter, a beginning."

And he has a lot going on. He has a new album coming out, which he says is a collaborative effort, featuring duets with "some major international stars" (it was subsequently announced that these include Robbie Williams, Ed Sheeran and Shania Twain). He's also about to become a father again, a girl who is due in four weeks. "We're very excited," he says. "We can't wait. (During) Storm's first three months, she had quite bad morning sickness, but she's over that now. She's so tired and I keep telling her to take time and chill out, but she just doesn't stop, you can't tell that woman to slow down."