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Brian launches a Twitter rant against former Westlife mates

Brian McFadden has launched a furious tirade against claims by his former Westlife bandmates that he'll never perform with them again.

The Australia-based star (29) took to his Twitter page to express his frustration in the wake of the story.

Reports emerged earlier this week about how Westlife has ruled out reuniting with McFadden, after he left the band in 2004 to pursue a relatively unsuccessful solo career, but joked how they may sing with him again in a sociable situation.

Asked if they would ever re-unite with Brian again, amid rumours that Robbie Williams will rejoin Take That, two of the band members shot down the suggestion.

"No . . . he doesn't live in this country and he's not in the music industry any more. He has a new life in Australia. We're all still very good friends, but he left Westlife for a reason," said Kian Egan.

His sentiments were echoed by fellow star Shane Filan who said: "I'm sure we'll sing with Brian again one day. It might be in a pub -- it might not be on the telly."

One of Ireland's most successful acts, the lads have sold 45 million albums worldwide and scored 14 number one hits in Britain. However, Brian clearly wasn't happy with the guys' comments as he retorted angrily to them shooting down any reunion with him.

"Apparently I'm not in the music industry anymore, hmmn OK then," he stated. He followed it quickly with another comment on his Twitter page: "I will announced my PUB tour next week...lol" and then wrote: "I better stop making this album then.... you learn something new about yourself everyday."

Huge speculation has surrounded the next career move for the former Westlife star, who's now based full-time in Australia with fiancee Delta Goodrem. Although he has always insisted that he was happy pursuing a solo career, suggestions that he's no longer in the music business have clearly infuriated the Artane-born star. Now he has set his sights on a TV career after joining forces with Australian broadcaster Kyle Sandilands.

And Sandilands said that given McFadden's time in Westlife, he reckons he's in an ideal position to make the documentary.

"It follows what happens in a group and how you take a boy band and market them," said Sandilands.

"It will go through how a song is written, what life is like on the road because he (McFadden) has experienced that and hearing his stories and his journey and all the shenanigans, we thought it would be appealing," he said.

"It's more a documentary, not a reality show, and how they go from five guys to a Westlife or 'N Sync."