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Brian gives two fingers to Irish fans in single snub

FORMER Westlife star Brian McFadden has stuck to his vow to not release his new single in Ireland.

The controversial singer (29) who left the chart-topping band in 2004 to go solo, has had another stab at stardom by releasing his third solo album.

However, the Herald can reveal the Dublin singer has ruled out ever trying to win over the Irish public as he believes it's a battle he'll never win.

A close source explained how the Artane native is far happier concentrating his energies in Australia.

"He doesn't want to release his new album in Ireland and the UK. Brian is delighted that the new single is doing well so far but his career has been savaged over here," he said.

"He feels like he will always just be known for his break-up with Kerry and his surprise decision to leave Westlife, who have gone on to become hugely successful, so he has no plans to give his critics more ammunition.

"He's a bigger name in Australia, people know who he is, he's a judge with Dannii Minogue in Australian Pop Idol and people just know him as Delta Goodrem's boyfriend, not Kerry's ex."

The dad-of-two moved to Australia several years ago after falling in love with songstress Delta.

This month saw him unveil his latest single Just Say So, a collaboration with American singer Kevin Rudolf that was taken from his new album Wall Of Soundz. Released next month, it also features a duet with fiancee Delta.

"We love working together," said McFadden.