Wednesday 21 August 2019

Nicky Byrne: 'I would love a Westlife reunion'

Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Nicky Byrne has said that he would "love" to do a Westlife reunion, but It's a matter of finding the right time that suits all four band members.

The 2fm presenter was speaking for the first time after former manager Louis Walsh let slip that it was "definitely" going to happen but he didn't know when. 

It's been five years since the curtain came down on the chart-topping boyband, who played their final gig at a sell-out show in Croke Park in June 2012.

"I would love to do a Westlife reunion as I'm sure the other lads would. When? I wouldn't like to do it now as I've got so much going on and I'm sure the other lads are probably the same," Nicky told independent.ie.

The National Maternity Hospital Foundation coffee morning at Holles Street celebrating World Prematurity Day. Pictured at the launch was Minister for Health Simon Harris TD with L-R Georgina Ahern,Sadie Flanagan, Dr. Rhona Mahony and Nicky Byrne
The National Maternity Hospital Foundation coffee morning at Holles Street celebrating World Prematurity Day. Pictured at the launch was Minister for Health Simon Harris TD with L-R Georgina Ahern,Sadie Flanagan, Dr. Rhona Mahony and Nicky Byrne

"So until we sit in a room together and go, 'What do you want to do?' We don't have a record deal but I've already heard labels are interested but these are all things that we'd have to sit down and discuss. Like, 'What kind of music to you want to make?' 

"A big Westlife ballad – where does that fit in with the current radio songs that I play on my show every day? So I'm not pouring cold water on it. I had a little joke on Twitter about it."

He said he relishes the thought of one day performing again with his Westlife bandmates to a packed-out stadium. 

"Who wouldn't want to do that again? The laugh with the boys and travelling around and seeing all the fans again. It's nearly six years next summer since we've done it so who knows? Maybe in ten years. 

"I've spoken to all the lads individually but we've never brought up a Westlife reunion."

He added: "I'm sure it will happen but I don't know when and I know know if even we know when the right time will be." 

He was speaking at the National Maternity Hospital Foundation coffee morning at Holles Street today as he helped mark World Prematurity Day. 

The dad-of-three, who also has daughter Gia, has first-hand experience of how vital the hospital's facilities can be, given that his ten-year-old twin boys Rocco and Jay arrived into the world over eight weeks early. 

He described it as a "scary time" given that Rocco was only 2lbs 13oz and Jay was 3lbs 11oz.

"I think they were 4/5 weeks in hospital," he said. 

"They're very lucky and we were very lucky. They didn't have any problems thankfully and when they're born so young, anything can happen. 

"They can be blind, they can be deaf, there's all sorts of problems that can happen but thankfully, Rocco and Jay were just underweight and they were fine. They put on weight very quickly."

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