Sunday 25 February 2018

‘I would have made a lot of money’ – Brian McFadden’s regret over quitting Westlife

Westlife (Brian McFadden, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan), pop group, circa 2000. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
Westlife (Brian McFadden, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan), pop group, circa 2000. (Photo by Tim Roney/Getty Images)
Bryan McFadden, Mark Feehily, Nicky Bryne, Shane Filan and Kian Egan pictured at the Westlife press conference in Dublin yesterday, at which the departure of Bryan McFadden was confirmed.
Westlife meeting Queen Elizabeth with original member Brian McFadden in 1999
Brian McFadden
Vogue Williams, Brian McFadden
Brian - or Bryan as he styled himself back then - married the Atomic Kitten singer in Rathfeigh, Co Meath in 2002 and then headed to Slane Castle for the reception, where guests included his Westlife bandmates, Ronan Keating and Dane Bowers. The bride spent 20,000 on her dress but the fairytale didn't last. They separated two years later and it emerged that he had cheated on his wife-to-be with a lapdancer on his stag night.

Brian McFadden has revealed he regrets missing out on making a fortune by quitting Westlife to pursue a solo career.

The 35 year old singer's post-Westlife career has been much less successful than that of his former Westlife pals Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, and Shane Filan.

"Sometimes I think if I'd stayed another 10 years, I would have made a lot of money, but that would be the only reason for any regret." he told The Irish News.

McFadden left the band in 2004 before the band went on to sell 50 million albums worldwide.  They only split up in 2012.

However, aside from the cash, McFadden says he has no other regrets about leaving when he did.

"We worked 365 days a year, living on planes and in hotels and out of suitcases and never being in the same country for two days," he said.

"After a while you realise there's no point in being successful if you can't enjoy it, share it with someone else or be with the people you care about."

McFadden was married to Atomic Kitten's Kerry Katona at the time and they had two daughters, Molly and Lily Sue, but they split the same year he left the group and he went on to date Aussie singer Delta Goodrem.

He is now married to Irish model Vogue Williams (29) and said, "You can be in love with someone, but if you can't be friends with them, it's kind of pointless.

"I left them I wanted to leave and wouldn't change my life now.  I have a balance with work and family which I never had before."

He also revealed he told one of his daughters who expressed an interest in a pop career to finish her education first.

"Even if you're the best singer in the world, there's no guarantee you'll make it.  I'd say it's 99 per cent luck and one per cent."

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