Markus Feehily: My new album is inspired by heartache and being single
Former Westlife star Markus Feehily says his new solo album is based on heartache and the end of his long-term relationship to fiancé Kevin McDaid.
The 35-year-old said his new release 'Fire' was inspired by the pain of being "messed around" in relationships.
Markus said he put pen to paper as a way of dealing with the heartache.
Just before he began to write the material, Markus split with his partner of seven years Kevin McDaid.
“I wrote the album over a period of around three years and it just so happened at the start of that time I was going through a break-up and then I was single for a while."
“I realised I didn’t enjoy being single, you do get messed around and there are people out there who are nice people but seem to not have that chip in their brain.
“People lie – they say one thing and do another and they throw your feelings around the room a bit," he told the Irish Daily Mirror.
However, Markus doesn't define the album as a traditional 'break up record'.
“I was glad to get back into a relationship and the album is about the whole spectrum of events – it’s not just a break-up album, it’s not just a ‘Screw you’ record, it’s not just an ‘I’m in love’ record.
“It’s more a little bit of what I have been up to since the band finished.”
Markus said that former fiancé Kevin has not heard the songs yet.
"One thing I will say is that it’s not about one person so there’s not one person who can claim responsibility for it. It’s about experiences I had when I was single as well.
“One thing I don’t want to do is be too specific about what the songs are about as I want people to create their own ideas and find their own meanings to them.”
The Sligo native concluded that writing the album was "very cathartic".