Westlife fan chose band when husband gave her ultimatum07/11/2011 20:50
By Louie Smith
Fans were in tears when Westlife announced they were splitting, especially Jane Holmes – who knows a thing or two about break-ups.
Obsessed Jane, 44, ditched her second husband when he issued her with an ultimatum: “Choose Westlife or me.”
Jane’s skin has become a shrine to the chart toppers. She has eight tattoos of the group and has screamed her way through 60 of their concerts, spending £30,000 following them around the country.
The pub cleaner says she warned hubby Norman Holmes, 46, that the Irish lads would always be her biggest passion.
She says: “I think he thought I was joking but he soon realised I wasn’t. I always get stopped in the street and he couldn’t hack the attention I was getting.
“The concerts take up a lot of my time and money. Westlife are a really big part of my life. I’m completely devoted to them and the tattoos are my way of showing my loyalty. I like to think I am their biggest fan.
“It’s my only hobby. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, so Westlife are my only addiction.”
Jane, who split from Norman last November after a year of marriage, has not had a holiday for seven years because her spare cash goes on her love of Westlife.
The mum-of-two, of Nottingham, became a fan shortly after they formed in 1998.
She said: “When I heard they were splitting I was devastated. I threw my phone down and cried. I love them for the music – and they are quite hunky.”
Tattoos of the group – Shane Filan, 32, Mark Feehily, 31, Nicky Byrne, 33, and Kian Egan, 31 – take pride of place on Jane’s legs.
She also has two Westlife logos on her left arm and all the boys’ names on the inside of one forearm. The inkings cost £1,100.
The band announced last month that they would split after a farewell tour starting in the spring. Jane’s ambition is to meet the lads before they call it a day.