Tuesday 11 December 2018

Westlife star had to buy own wedding ring back from bank

Fan Siobhan McEntaggart with Shane Filan.
Fan Siobhan McEntaggart with Shane Filan.

Genna Patterson

FORMER Westlife star Shane Filan had to buy his wedding ring back from the banks during his bankruptcy hell.

Speaking about his financial crisis, the singer said he was told he would have to surrender his cherished wedding band.

He was told "either hand it over or buy it back".

"You don't expect to have to buy your wedding ring twice," he added.

Filan filed for bankruptcy in the UK in June last year having lived in Surrey for the last seven years. He said his low point came five days after selling out Croke Park for the final Westlife gigs before the band split when he discovered he had just €470 left in his bank account. "I had no money, no job, no record deal at that stage," he said.

However, speaking to Ryan Tubridy on 2FM, Filan said the support of his wife, Gillian, and focusing on his family was how he got through his bankruptcy.

"She kept saying, you're not the only one. She just supported me."

The Sligo singer paid tribute to his manager, Louis Walsh, who also supported him.

Walsh told the Irish Independent that after his bankruptcy, Filan will have to work harder than ever, but that he has always worked hard and has a good work ethic.

"There are five hits on the album already. It's incredible to have an album with so many hits," Walsh said. "This is just the start, he's going to be a massive star."

Filan, pictured right with Gillian, has a record deal with Capitol records and the single is due for release on August 25.

Tubridy said that, following his interview, Filan had confided in him that it was "more than a weight off his shoulders".

"He was very comfortable talking about an uncomfortable experience and I thought he acquitted himself with great dignity," Tubridy said.

Meanwhile, fans outside the 2FM studio in Donnybrook were treated to ice cream as they waited for the arrival of their hero.

Stacey Roe (17) and Natasha Hughes (18), from Carnew, Co Wicklow, said they are glad his new sound is different to that of Westlife.

"It's better that he is doing something different. It's very like Olly Murs," they said.

Irish Independent

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