Dec 5th, 2017

Brian McFadden, Irish singer songwriter, TV presenter and former member of boy band Westlife, chats with Kevin Cooper about a Boyzone and Westlife double header tour, playing golf, leaving Westlife and touring the UK as Boyzlife with Keith Duffy.

Whose idea was it to do Boyzlife?

It was actually Keith’s. He was going to do the show by himself. He had this idea of doing a one-man autobiographical show where he talks about his career, his life and everything that he has gone through in the last 40 years or so. Then he came along to see me performing my solo show and as he watched me singing he realised that the one thing that was missing was the performance side of the show.

So we sat down together and thought how we could perform the songs from Westlife and Boyzone with us telling the stories about our careers.

We have been friends for a very long time. We both grew up in Dublin and only lived five minutes from each other. These days we are golfing buddies and manage to play a lot. I thought ‘wouldn’t it be great if we toured together so we could play the gig in the evening, golf in the morning and a few drinks after?’

Were you and Keith friends when you were in your respective bands? Wasn’t there a Westlife vs Boyzone rivalry?

There was never any rivalry between Westlife and Boyzone. We started our career as a support act to Boyzone; they gave us our big break. Then obviously when Westlife took off Boyzone then took their break, Ronan (Keating) went solo, Keith went onto act in Coronation Street and the rest of the boys went off to do their own thing. We were never in the market at the same time.

You are bringing the show to The Glee Club in Nottingham – do you enjoy your time spent here in Nottingham?

Yes I do I really do and I am so looking forward to playing The Glee Club up there. I think that I have only played Nottingham once in the last few years. I was in the show, Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds and I can remember playing at the Arena a few years ago now. I think that was the last time that I was in Nottingham.

You are forgetting 2013 when you opened for Ronan on his Fires tour here in Nottingham at the Royal Concert Hall.

Of course, Ronan did play Nottingham, I had forgotten about that. Don’t tell him will you? (laughs). When we play The Glee Club I am hoping that Nottingham’s favourite son will come down to the show; Carl (Froch) loves the Boyzone and Westlife gigs (laughs).

Without giving too much away, what can we expect?

Well there will obviously be quite a lot of hit songs being sung. We had 21 No. 1s between the two of us. We will also be telling you a lot of things that happened backstage, on the road and stuff that you probably wouldn’t see in the music videos or in the magazines, such as the mischief that we got up to.

Is there any new material on the horizon?

I have literally just started writing once again and I am currently writing new material for a new solo album.

I was thinking that you and Keith could perhaps record an album of your interpretations of Boyzone and Westlife hits.

We could most definitely do that. Perhaps we could do a live version of that because I think that it would be funnier.

You left Westlife in March 2004. With hindsight was it the right time to leave the band?

Looking back now it is hard to tell what was right and what was wrong. I know that at the time it felt completely right. I was ready to step back. I had been in the band for six solid years, working 360 days a year, only getting a couple of days off at Christmas to see your family, working 6am to 1am and getting very little sleep. Those six years felt like twelve years.

I interviewed Shane Filan recently and mentioned that 2018 was Westlife’s twentieth anniversary – he told me in no uncertain terms he will be doing nothing whatsoever to celebrate it.

I know that I won’t be doing anything to celebrate it. There have been no discussions but I haven’t heard if they will be doing anything to celebrate it.

You have to remember that there are two Westlifes – the one that I was in and then the Westlife after me. They are two different bands. After I left the boys reinvented themselves.

I would say that the most likely thing is that if they do get around to doing something then it will most probably just be the four of them.

Because 2018 is also Boyzone’s 25th anniversary I suggested a Westlife and Boyzone double header tour – I got the feeling he wasn’t very impressed with that idea

I think that nine people on the one stage is most probably too many (laughs). It’s hard enough keeping mine and Keith’s egos in check without having seven more.

What would you say has been the highlight of your career so far?

That would have to be Westlife, absolutely. The beginning of Westlife and me getting into the band was such a massive thing. It was really strange because most people start off in the music business and they don’t know just how it is going to go but there was such a buzz around Westlife when we first started, even before the first single came out, you could see that something big was going to happen.

Dec 1st, 2017

Brian McFadden has revealed he will never have botox injections again, after he was left horrified by a previous experience.

And the former Westlife star has banned himself from going under the needle and insisted he is going to “age gracefully”.

The 37-year-old hit out at some of the The Only Way is Essex stars for having cosmetic work done.

Speaking about the botox, Brian said he was not happy with the results after his face was left frozen.

He told Woman magazine: “I had Botox once. I had a little above my eyes, but my face wouldn’t move – I’m never doing that again.

“A friend of mine was getting it done – so I gave it a go. I looked weird.

“Yes, the wrinkles had gone from my forehead, but I looked like some of these people that I see in The Only Way is Essex, and they kind of look like a melted candle.”

“No more Botox for me! I’m going to try and age gracefully now.”

Jan 31st, 2017

To celebrate the success of each of their chart-topping bands, Brian (Westlife) and Keith (Boyzone) have created Boyzlife and are taking part in another nationwide tour.

The intimate gigs will be taking place at Hilton Hotels up and down the country and are bound to be popular amongst die-hard fans. But when are they touring and how much are tickets? Here’s what you need to know…

The UK and Ireland dates announced are as follows:

Sunday April 2 – Hilton Glasgow
Monday April 3 – Hilton Glasgow
Tuesday April 4 – Hilton Belfast
Wednesday April 5 – Hilton Belfast
Monday April 10 – Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tuesday April 11 – Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Thursday April 13 – Hilton Manchester Deansgate
Saturday April 15 – Hilton Birmingham Metropole
Sunday April 16 – Hilton Birmingham Metropole
Monday April 17 – Hilton Liverpool
Tuesday April 18 – Hilton Liverpool
Sunday April 30 – Hilton Brighton Metropole
Monday May 1 – Hilton Brighton Metropole
Tuesday May 2 – Hilton London Bankside
Wednesday May 3 – Hilton London Bankside

Tickets for the tour are on sale now and start at £35. There are two VIP packages available for each show – the Boyzlife VIP Package and the Boyzlife VVIP Package.

Tickets for each show are split into four categories: Category A, Category B, VIP Package and VVIP Package. Category B tickets are the furthest from the stage and cost £35. Category A tickets are behind the VIP seats and cost £45.

The Boyzlife VIP Package costs £75 and includes the following:

Premium seating
Private meet and greet with Boyzlife straight after the show (limited to one hour)
Photo opportunity at the private meet and greet
Signed exclusive tour merchandise item
The Boyzlife VVIP Package costs £200 and includes the following:

Soundcheck attendance
Boyzlife goody bag
Reserved seating in VIP
Drinks service at interval – brought to the seats
Queue jump for ticketing and VIP meet and greet
Dinner at venue

They are on sale at boyzlifetour.com. [Source]

Jan 24th, 2017

Dec 6th, 2016

BRIAN McFadden and Keith Duffy joked they created their Boyzlife duo because they were BROKE – and Brian had too many ex wives to pay for.

The cheeky Irish pair, who were previously adored by fans of separate groups Boyzone and Westlife, made their revelation on today’s Good Morning Britain.

When asked why they created the man band by hosts Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan, former Boyzone star Keith said: “We were broke!

“Brian has too many wives.”

His quip about Brian’s former spouses Kerry Katona and Vogue Williams didn’t seem to offend the Westlife singer.

He was quick to set the record straight and said: “We got offered to do books all the time but we never wanted to do it.

“When Keith tells a story he talks it out and we wanted to do a show talking of our story and acting it out.”

He added: “We have quite similar lives as well.”

They joined forces for their new project earlier this year, sharing stories from their time on the road as well as singing some of their respective band’s biggest hits, including No Matter What and Flying Without Wings.

Today Piers grilled them as to how they chose the name Boyzlife – instead of plumping for Westzone.

Brian laughed and said: “It’s because Westzone is a car park outside Dublin Airport.

“It’s also something you use to clean your toilet,” to which Keith replied: “That’s Paragon!”

Source: The Sun

Sep 7th, 2015

Irish star Brian McFadden returns to TV screens on Monday for the second series of Who’s Doing The Dishes? and he tells This Morning he is having a “hoot” snooping around celebrity homes.

The former Westlife star presents the daytime show where members of the public are treated to the culinary skills of the rich and famous.

Brian explained to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby: “We bring them into the house, they don’t know whose house it is and I’m in the kitchen with the celebrity.

“They cook three meals and then we have clues in the names of the dishes and they’ve got to guess whose house it is.

“It’s actually quite a big deal, you would be surprised how scared people are of actually doing the dishes. It’s a hoot.”

Asked what the standard of food on offer was like, Brian replied: “Some of them are good, but then you’ve got people like Arg from TOWIE – not the finest cook we’ve ever worked with…

“Ann Widdecombe was a very traditional cook, she kept putting me on the naughty step! She kept correcting my English, she kept shouting at me, slapping me. But I just kept flirting with her all day, I loved it.

“I have so much fun doing it – it’s so funny that this is a job because I get to go to all these people’s houses and I get to spend the whole day just talking to them and learning about them.

“And watching them try to cook!”

But despite spending long hours in the kitchen, the singer admitted he is not the best at cooking for himself.

He said: “I’m rubbish. We’ve done about 60 episodes of this now where I’ve watched all these amazing people cooking food, and the only thing I’ve actually learned is how to make a prawn cocktail.”

As well as his presenting duties, Brian is also concentrating on his music having just released his latest single Call On Me Brother – a tribute to the male friends in his life.

Brian – who recently separated from his wife, Vogue Williams – explained: “No matter what I go through, my boy mates have always been there for me. Whether it is ups or downs they have always been there.

“This is me kind of thanking them for that and also reminding them that I’m also there for them if they ever need me.”

Source: UTV

Sep 3rd, 2015

Irish singer Brian McFadden “flirted” with Ann Widdecombe while filming ‘Who’s Doing The Dishes?’.

The 35-year-old star had a particularly “funny” day shooting the cooking game show – where contestants try to guess whose house they are dining in – with the former politician, despite her continually rebuffing his advances.

He said: “My favourite place was Ann Widdecombe’s home because it was such a funny day.

“She spent most of the day correcting my English and I spent most of the time flirting with her.

“I was asking her if she’d read ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, which she hasn’t, and she kept telling me to go to the corner and be quiet.”

Brian was also amused when filming with transgender former boxer Kellie Maloney.

He said: “Kellie was great fun. She was chopping cucumbers going: ‘Oooh, this feels familiar!’ I was like: ‘Did she just say that?’ ”

However, the former Westlife singer didn’t have the best time filming with ‘X Factor’ couple Stevi Ritchie and Chloe-Jasmine Whichello.

He told Closer magazine: “It’s weird doing two people and for most of filming they were arguing.

“Chloe wasn’t impressed with my Brian’s Bonus [extra clue] as she felt it was too obvious. At the end I went to give her a hug and she was like: ‘No.’ Awkward.”

Source: Irishexaminer

Sep 3rd, 2015

He’s been engaged three times, got married twice, and so far it’s never worked out. Maybe this is because until Brian McFadden left home his Irish mammy did everything for him. He never cleans, he can’t cook (despite fronting a TV food show) and until recently he had no idea how to do the washing.

Now he’s about to divorce wife No 2, and though it seems to be amicable, the first time this far-from-new-man actually missed living with model and reality star Vogue Williams was when he couldn’t work the washing machine.

“I’m not self sufficient,” explains 35-year-old Brian, who first found fame with boyband Westlife when he was 17. “I’m f***ing useless,” he adds.

“When Vogue first left I had to figure out how to use a washing machine. That was funny. It wasn’t that funny actually. I wrecked some of the clothes. I didn’t understand the difference between the materials so I was just throwing lots of stuff in. Stuff came out looking different shapes. But I called Vogue and she talked me through it. I have a cleaner now – Vogue never wanted a cleaner. She had a passion for it, but I certainly don’t.”

When I meet Brian he is sweaty and breathless after training with Mike Tindall and Louis Spence for today’s Rugby Aid 2015 at Harlequins’ Twickenham Stoop stadium.

After a shower he’s back sitting next to me 10 minutes later. “See, ladies can take a leaf out of my book. That’s the quickest turn around in history,” he chuckles. He may not be able to wash his underpants, but at least Bri can wash himself.

“My mum did everything until I was 17,” he says.

“And everybody else did it for me when I was with the band, I lived in hotels until I was 26. Then I always had cleaners. I was always on the road.”

For most of the 21st century he’s been too busy buying rings to learn a few practical skills. Brian was 21 when he wed former Atomic Kitten Kerry Katona in a lavish 2002 wedding. The couple have two daughters, Molly, now 13, and Lilly-Sue, 12, but split after only two years. Next came an engagement ring for Aussie singer and actress Delta Goodrem, but they parted in April 2011.

Brian met and married Vogue in a whirlwind 16 months, but in July this year he announced on Twitter that their marriage was over. “Both of us are fine,” he tells me.

“People don’t understand… it was an amicable split-up and we are still best friends. She stays at my house a couple of times a week. We still have a dog together and she still takes my kids out. We are genuinely best friends – that is a part of the relationship that never changes. People are always asking, What was the reason?’ There is no reason. Me and her just decided that’s where we were in our lives.”

“People ask ‘Did you meet someone else?’ or ‘Did you fall out of love?’ It’s nothing to do with any of that. It’s just something that happened to the two of us. We made the decision together. We both knew for a long time that was coming to an end.”

“It is still really, really sad, but what’s made it easier is that we are still talking.

“I’ve been through a lot of different break-ups in my life and this one is even strange to me because it is honest. It’s the best break up I’ve ever had, the easiest one in history. The worst thing would be losing Vogue as a friend.”

Brian vows he will never marry again. Mind you, he said that after his split with Kerry. And after breaking up with Delta. But he insists: “I’ve a very strong feeling now that I’ll probably never get married again.

“This is the first time in my life I’ve ever been through a relationship, come out of it and gone, ‘You’re not a kid any more – you might have missed the boat,’ ” he says.

“Now that I’m not married I’m getting an opportunity to do different things, maybe travel or go to LA and pursue a career in acting.

“That would be great. Do something weird and climb Mount Everest. If you were married you couldn’t do that.

“It’s not about soul-searching. I don’t believe in that rubbish, it’s about having fun and trying something new.”

One of his mates has already moved in to his London home (maybe he helps with the washing) and Brian is so grateful to his loyal old pals he’s written a song for them. Call On Me Brother is the first single from his new album.

“It’s a song about my male friends,” he says. “Through all the s*** they’ve always been there. My friend from Dublin is living with me now.”

Brian has also been helping his ex Kerry get through her marriage crisis with husband George Kay. “They’ve got their own thing going on and they are back together now,” he says. “The kids are happy and that is all that matters.”

Keeping Molly and Lilly-Sue happy also involves making sure that they avoid guys like, well… him. He says the thought of his daughters going out with a boybander horrifies him. Brian declares: “God help boys when they come knocking at my door. That puts me in a bad mood. “I was a boy and I know what I was like. I would never let them go out with a guy in a pop group.

“That is never happening, no f***ing way. That’s disgusting, the thought of that. I’m keeping them locked away.”

He’s back on ITV on Monday afternoon presenting a second series of Who’s Doing The Dishes? Four contestants have to guess which celebrity’s house they are dining in each day. “You’d think after being on the cooking show and working with all these top chefs like Aldo Zilli and Antony Worrall Thompson I would have learnt something but I haven’t,” he confesses.

“I still can’t cook, I’m the worst cook on the planet. The only thing I have learnt is how to make a prawn cocktail. “It’s prawns, ketchup and mayonnaise. That’s all it is.”

By the end of our chat, Brian seems to lamenting that his soon-to-be ex-wife will no longer be knocking up his meals in the kitchen. “Out of my partners, Vogue is the best cook,” he says. “She’s a great cook. She makes home-made burgers, a great chilli, a really great salad.

“It’s our anniversary today and I’ve already spoken to her this morning. But I’m OK.” Maybe Brian should save this article in case it turns out that there is a next Mrs McFadden. Just so she knows exactly what she’s letting herself in for…

Source: Mirror

Sep 2nd, 2015

Brian McFadden is making a back with a new single ‘Call on Me Brother’, to coincide with the release, Brian will be performing two gigs in London and Dublin this November.

November 3rd at Bush Hall, London

November 4th at Whelan’s, Dublin

Tickets are on sale from Friday September 4th, here.

Jul 7th, 2015

Brian McFadden and his wife Vogue Williams have split up, with the DJ announcing the heartbreaking news on Twitter.

The former Westlife star and Vogue had been married for nearly three years after tying the knot in a lavish Tuscan ceremony.

Sharing the news on her Twitter page, Vogue shared a heartbreak emoji along with the post: “It is with sadness that Brian and I have made the tough decision to go our separate ways.

“We will always care greatly about each other, remain friends and wish each other all the very best for the future.” She continued: “We have nothing else to say on the subject and we would like to thank our friends and family for their support during this difficult period. Vogue x”.

In April this year, singer Brian called Vogue his “soulmate” and described how it had been “love at first sight” between the couple.

“We instantly clicked and talked non-stop for eight hours the night we met and I proposed after eight months,” he told The Belfast Telegraph.future.”

“Within three weeks she moved to Australia to be with me. Although it was a whirlwind romance, it was just so right from the beginning, so we knew it would work.”

He continued: “Meeting her was a life changer for me – she’s my soulmate.

“Getting married hasn’t changed anything – it was perfect anyway – but it has made us both feel quite grown-up. We like nothing better than just staying in and spending time together as a couple when we’re not working.

“You can be in love with someone but if you can’t be friends with them, it’s kind of pointless. We make each other laugh, especially after we’ve had a silly row about something!”

Last year, the TV presenter and model revealed how she learnt the realities of married life.

In an interview with HELLO! Online she said: “It is all about compromise. I will do most of the housework but he takes care of going to the shops, giving me lifts or picking people up.”

Vogue, who became a stepmother to Brian’s children Molly and Lily-Sue from his previous marriage to Kerry Katona, described how she had a strong bond with them but wasn’t ready for her own.

“I thought that I was going to have kids by the time that I was 30. I even had a pact with my friends that we would all get pregnant at the same time,” she said.

“Work is going so well for me at the moment that I don’t want to rush it. Maybe in a few years time.”

Source: Mirror

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