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Mark needed counselling for bullying hell

WESTLIFE star Mark Feehily has had counselling to deal with the severe bullying he suffered as a teenager.

The newly single chart-topper, who recently split from fiance photographer Kevin McDaid, confessed that the dark memories of what he endured during his school days still haunt him.

The 31-year-old told the Herald: "I'm not afraid to say that I've definitely had some counselling.

"It's weird the stigma that can be attached to counselling, I don't know where that came from, but as I say, yeah, I have done it and I think it's a fantastic thing to do."


He was speaking at the launch of the first ISPCC Anti-Bullying Awareness Week in Dublin's Westbury Hotel.

Mark also broke his silence on his relationship with Kevin and confessed he has found it difficult to get over the split.

"It's still very fresh for me ... Talking about it isn't something I really want to do.

"It's fresh and like anybody, you take everything as it comes.

"It's my first major relationship and obviously my first break-up, so I'm dealing with it."

The Sligo man is now setting his mind on reuniting on stage with Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan and Shane Filan for Westlife's Farewell Tour.