Keith Duffy blasts Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan: 'They think they're Bob Dylan... they need to chill out'
Keith Duffy has slammed former Westlife members Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan with claims that they take themselves "too seriously".
Keith Duffy has hit back at Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan's criticism of his new musical venture, Boyzlife.
The former Boyzone star has teamed up with Brian McFadden to tour their greatest hits around the UK and Ireland in April.
While Keith's former bandmates have supported the duo's plans, the Westlife boys have appeared less than impressed with the idea.
Speaking to the Irish Sun the 42-year-old said he "doesn't care" what Kian and Nicky have to say about Boyzlife.
"Both of them take themselves too seriously and have big egos," he told the newspaper.
He added: "Shane Filan and Mark Feehily were the great singers in Westlife and Kian and Nicky weren't but they go on as though they were brilliant.
"Both Boyzone and Westlife played to screaming girls, we were pop bands. While myself and Brian acknowledge that, Kian and Nicky think they are Bob Dylan and U2, singing songs about humanity and saving the world.
"They need to chill out and start enjoying themselves."
Last year, Kian said that the new group was "unfair to fans".
"From the perspective of someone who spent 15 years in Westlife it was really aggravating.
“It was really unfair on the fans that everybody thought that this was what’s happening, you know that Westlife and Boyzone were getting together to do a tour.
Kian then hit out at Brian for using the Westlife name: “I was scratching my head when I first saw it.
“It’s a bit of an odd one – a member of Westlife who left the band after four years decides to use half the name for whatever it is that they’re doing.”
“Personally speaking, I thought it’s not the right way to do it and I think it was pretty unfair on the fans.”
Kian went on to suggest that that the pair’s former bandmates Shane Filan, Mark Feehily and Nicky Byrne also feel the same way.
He said: “If Westlife were ever getting back together again, it would be as Westlife. It wouldn’t be Westlife and Boyzone it wouldn’t be Westlife and somebody else.
“It would be the four guys who stood in Croke Park the day Westlife ended.”