Westlife always plan to continue without Brian McFadden24/10/2018 17:30
By: Mikie O'Loughlin, Article published 11:02, 23 OCT 2018
Westlife said that it was always their plan to continue without Brian McFadden. The Dubliner left the famed Irish band back in 2004 , however fans seemed disappointed when he was not included in the line-up after the revealed they were getting back together earlier this month. They admitted that they were hurt by his decision to leave, as well as the recent headlines about him, and that can't be reversed.
Nicky Byrne said: "Honestly, we harbour no real [bad] feelings about Brian whatsoever, we never have done." Their plan was always to continue as a foursome, the way they last performed together. "When we first discussed getting back together, we were always going to take Westlife off again from where we left it in 2012. "Brian walked away, obviously, in 2004 and that's what people forget. "It hurts us when we see headline like 'Simon Cowell wanted Brian'. We did nine-and-a-half years without him and sometimes the press and stories can affect the relationship because there is no ill feeling from either end. "We genuinely wish him all the best," he said on RTÉ 2FM.
Mark Feehily added that Brian was never included in their plans and they don't see Westlife as a band of five people. "We don't look at Westlife as four of us minus one, four of us are Westlife," he told presenter Jenny Greene.
Recalling Brian's shock decision to leave, he confessed that they could have fallen apart and it was a difficult time for them all. "When Brian left it was very difficult for us and the rulebook said that it should have been the beginning of the end, because that's what happens when you leave a popband. It was very tough to find our strengths, regroup as a foursome and rebond. "It is not something that you can go through lightly and it is not something that can be reversed either," he added.
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