Brian McFadden has revealed he has one regret about quitting Westlife. The singer sensationally left the band right before their fourth world tour to spend more time with his family and focus on a solo career.

However, the Dublin native does wonder what would have happened had he stayed with in the group longer.
Sometimes I think if I’d stayed another 10 years, I would have made a lot of money, but that would be the only reason for any regret,” he said.

While Brian wishes he could have made more money with Westlife, he is still glad he left when he did.
“I wanted to launch my solo career but it was more than that,” he said. “Leaving and going to Australia, where Westlife hadn’t been successful, gave me a chance to breathe, take a step back from my world and look at it from the outside.” “I could just walk about unrecognised and start from scratch, and you don’t have that media scrutiny that you have here.”

The father-of-two ultimately decided his family was more important than fame. “After a while, you realise there’s no point in being successful if you can’t enjoy it, share it with someone else or be with the people you care about.”

The pop star also revealed he wishes he hadn’t been so honest about his opinions to the press while he was in Westlife. “I did get bad press…I think I was too honest and open for my own good. I’m certainly a bit more savvy now,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

Source: goss.ie

Apr 5, 2015
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If there was a risky path to happiness, Brian McFadden has certainly trodden it. As a teenager, he shot to fame in one of the biggest-ever boy bands, Westlife, was married with two children by his early twenties, and then sensationally threw it all away to move to the other side of the world, leaving fame and family behind him.

Today it’s hard to equate the image of the man once dubbed the band’s ‘bad boy’ by the media – who had a turbulent marriage to pop star, Atomic Kitten’s Kerry Katona – with the affable 34-year-old Irishman with a dry sense of humour whose life seems to have regained its harmony.

Undoubtedly, at the heart of his contentment is his second wife, DJ and model Vogue Williams (29), whom he married two years ago. “Meeting her was a life changer for me – she’s my soulmate,” he says simply.

“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!”

The pair moved back to the UK shortly after their wedding and she was one of the celebrities recently competing in ITV’s Bear Grylls: Mission Survive.

“It was love at first sight when we met. It turned out we were born in the same hospital and grew up five minutes away from one another,” says McFadden, who’d previously been engaged to Neighbours star and singer Delta Goodrem.

“We instantly clicked and talked non-stop for eight hours the night we met and I proposed after eight months. 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.”

There was no such certainty when 10 years ago he left Westlife, originally signed by Simon Cowell and managed by Louis Walsh, on the eve of its fourth world tour and emigrated to Australia.

“I wanted to launch my solo career, but it was more than that,” says McFadden, who, while there for eight years, was highly successful releasing his own albums, writing for a portfolio of leading artists, and being a judge on Australia’s Got Talent.

“Leaving and going to Australia, where Westlife hadn’t been successful, gave me a chance to breathe, take a step back from my world and look at it from the outside. I could just walk about unrecognised and start from scratch, and you don’t have that media scrutiny that you have here,” he says.

“I was only 17 when I got signed up for Westlife. One minute, I was a naive teenager serving burgers in McDonald’s and two days later, I was in a music studio and signing a record deal. It was incredible, amazing, but during the seven years in the band, we worked 365 days a year, living on planes, in hotels and out of suitcases, and never being in the same country for two days.

“After a while, you realise there’s no point in being successful if you can’t enjoy it, share it with someone else or be with the people you care about.”

There was also the pressure of living life under the glare of the media spotlight, but McFadden insists that in reality he wasn’t the ‘bad boy’ as portrayed.

“The fame didn’t go to my head at all. None of us actually had egos or got big headed, believe it or not, because we were surrounded by good families who kept us grounded and we were managed well,” he says.

“But I was young and, of course, I made mistakes – who doesn’t in their teens and twenties? At one stage, I did get bad press, but the end of the day, I think I was too honest and open for my own good and would talk about things I probably shouldn’t have. Then it ended up with things being written about me which often weren’t true. But that’s in the past and I’m certainly a bit more savvy now.”

He discounts rumours of a Westlife reunion, saying: “We’re in touch with each other from time to time – there’s no bad blood and we could easily meet up and have a great evening – but we’re not talking about any reunion. We’re all in different places now and have our own lives.”

There’s only a slight regret over his decision to leave the band – which finally split in 2012 – and One Direction’s Zayn Malik would do well to take note: “Sometimes I think if I’d stayed another 10 years, I would have made a lot of money, but that would be the only reason for any regret. Anyway, I left at the time I wanted to leave and wouldn’t change my life now – I have a balance with work and family which I never had before.”

Integral to that feeling of balance is being able to be a hands-on father to his two daughters, Molly (13) and Lilly-Sue (12), from his first marriage. McFadden has a tattoo on his arm, which reads ‘Sometimes life breaks in mysterious ways’, a line from his song ‘Sorry Love Daddy’ which he dedicated to his daughters following his break-up with their mother.

“I was a young dad, only 21, when we had Molly and making my way in the world and taking advantage of the opportunities with the band. It meant I missed out on a lot of their early years as I was touring, although I could provide a nice life for them. But definitely one of the hardest parts of being in Australia was being so very far away from them,” he says.

“We were in touch all the time on Skype, I’d go back to the UK five times a year and they’d come out on holidays, but it’s so much better now. These days, we can get together so easily and regularly. Vogue gets on with them so well and watching them turn into adults is brilliant. I love it that they are smarter than me about so many things, especially computers. They’ve got very strong opinions about my music – which I ignore,” he says with a fond smile.

One of his daughters wants to follow in his footsteps and become a singer, but his fatherly advice has been blunt. “Complete your education before you chase a dream like that.

“Even if you’re the best singer in the world, there’s no guarantee you’ll make it in this business. I’d say it’s 99% luck and 1% talent – it’s like winning the lottery!”

The often-reported rifts and spats between Katona and her ex-husband, it seems, have been consigned to history and McFadden says: “All that rubbish of the past and the disputes during our early twenties have all gone now. We’re both settled and it’s great,” he says.

“The old idea of a normal family only being a mother, father and a couple of kids isn’t the norm any more. Now there’s stepkids and extended families and it all works out.”

He and Vogue hope to have children in a couple of years – “we’re both pretty busy with our careers at the moment, but when the time’s right we’d love a baby” – and he credits her with helping him improve his health and fitness. McFadden is currently working on his new album, due for release in September, and a tour planned for next year. Last year, he presented a 30-part series Who’s Doing The Dishes? for ITV and is in discussions about its return. In January, he took part in a celebrity talent show, Get Your Act Together.

“I’ve had an 18-month-break from music and now feel so refreshed. It’s reignited my passion for it and I can’t wait to get the album out there,” he says.

“TV is another string to my bow which gives me a different buzz. It’s amazing how things work out. Everything you do helps lead you to different places and I couldn’t be happier with the way things have turned out.

“I’m a very relaxed person and I never really let anything get to me. I hate confrontation and drama, even though it seems to have followed me at times in my life. But I can’t complain and even if I could change anything I wouldn’t – the good and the bad all help you become the person you are.”

Ex-bandmates in world of their own

Since breaking up in 2011, Brian’s former bandmates in Westlife have gone on to make names for themselves as well …

Nicky Byrne – the band’s oldest member has gone on to enjoy a successful TV presenting career, and was a contestant on hit show Strictly Come Dancing in 2012. His wife Georgina is the daughter of former Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, and they have twin sons, Rocco and Jay, and a daughter, Gia

Kian Egan – his debut album Home was released last year, reaching number 2 on the Irish Singles Chart and number 9 on the UK Albums Chart. He is also one of four coaches on The Voice of Ireland, on which he backed Northern Ireland musician Jim Devine. He has also presented on ITV show This Morning as well as the revamped version of Surprise Surprise, and was crowned King of the Jungle in 2013’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Mark Feehily – in 2005 he hit the headlines after coming out as gay, and in 2011 was shortlisted as one of the top 50 most influential gay people in the UK. He has just launched his own solo career with debut single Love is a Drug

Shane Filan – had a tumultuous few years following the split after declaring himself bankrupt, when the recession hit his numerous property investments. He has since worked hard to get back in the black through solo recording and touring and described his struggles in his autobiography, My Side of Life

source: Telegraph

Apr 2, 2015
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The model and presenter however claims her famous husband Brian McFadden – who she wed in 2012 – definitely wouldn’t have survived until the final of the tough show like her.

Speaking exclusively to the Express.co.uk today, the stunning blonde said she thought she was going to win when she first signed up, however her opinion soon changed.

The Irish star admitted: “I don’t think Brian was that surprised [when she entered the show]. He thought it would be something that would suit me but funny that I was going to live in the jungle.”

When asked how the former Westlife crooner would fare in the situation, Vogue said: “He’d be OK, but I don’t think he would make the final. I don’t think he’d be up for being put in really horrible situations… It’s his idea of hell.

Source: Express.co.uk

Apr 2, 2015
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Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams have launched ITV’s Check Your Chaps campaign.

The Westlife star and his wife appeared on today’s (February 2) Lorraine to promote the campaign to raise awareness of testicular and prostate cancer.

Speaking on the programme, the pair met with individuals that only went to the doctor when prompted by their partner.

Williams admitted that she too would have to persuade McFadden to see a doctor.

She said: “Well, Brian would be like that too. He wouldn’t be pushed to really do much if I didn’t push him to do it. So even with that if he found something he would probably leave it on the long finger [put it off] and I would have to push and push.”

McFadden added: “But I think most men are like that. I know I had a mole on my back and for nearly a year and a half Vogue kept saying, ‘Get it checked, get it checked’, I was like, ‘It’s nothing, it’s just a mole’, and luckily in the end it was nothing.”

He continued: “But with this, what frightened me the most from meeting these boys is that when they found something and went to the doctor eventually, how quick something happened.

“These doctors didn’t wait around, every one of them, probably the most was three days later, that they were in, operated on and treatment started.

“So if you can imagine how important it is for the doctors to get it done quick, it just shows how important it is to get there in the first place.”

McFadden continued: “I always thought – and I think most guys my age are the same – ‘It’s not going to happen to me, I’m 35, I’m still young, it’s old people who get cancer’. [It is] this weird [idea] that boys have.

“Anyone can get it any age, you could be healthy, you don’t have to smoke, drink, it just happens.”

Check Your Chaps will feature on Lorraine all this week, and is supported by Prostate Cancer UK and male cancer charity Orchid.

Source: Digitalspy

Feb 2, 2015
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Brian McFadden as The Sung Thoughts of the Journalist performs during a dress rehearsal for ‘War of the Worlds’

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Dec 3, 2014
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Brian McFadden is thrilled at the thought of getting the chance to work with his fellow Irish man actor Liam Neeson, even if the latter is only present as a hologram.

Brian, 34, plays the singing voice of the journalist, portrayed by Neeson, in the stage extravaganza that is Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds.

“Liam Neeson and me. That is not bad,” says Brian. “I’ll take that company

“He is brilliant. I have loved him ever since he did Michael Collins. He is just an incredible actor

“And in Taken I think the whole world got kind of a new school action hero.”

Although Brian doesn’t get to act with Liam in the flesh, he says he will be looking for opportunities for some off-script interaction.

“We can have some serious fun with that hologram. I’m going to try and make some videos of me talking to it. Find out what lines he has got to say and then ask a question that will make his answer seem really weird. Just me havin’ a chat with old Liam.”

This is the final tour of the War of the Worlds, the musical experience based on HG Wells’ story of monstrous martians who invade earth and threaten to destroy civilization. The story is narrated by the journalist. Jeff Wayne originally devised it as a concept album which was released in 1978.

This production also stars Jason Donovan and former X Factor winner Shayne Ward.

The show features remarkable special effects, including a 3-tonne 35ft tall Martian Fighting Machine firing real flames into the arena, a 100ft wide animation wall and a ground-breaking levitation effect.

Having not done musicals or pantos before, this will be the first time Brian has worked as part of an acting ensemble and he says he will have to get used to the discipline.

“Obviously doing my own tours and my own show I could change as we went along, do wherever I wanted. The same as in Westlife

“But here I can’t just do my own thing, I have to have it exactly the way it is supposed to be.

“I don’t have to act in this but I would like to do acting maybe one day, to see if I could do it. I suppose this is a good starting step.

“I am just honoured to be part of the last War of the Worlds.”

Even though the scale of the production means it has to be staged in arenas, Brian says he is not intimidated by large venue spaces since his days as a boyband star with Westlife, which he auditioned for when he was only a teenager.

“We are pretty much playing all the venues that I did with Westlife. It’ll nice to be some old places again.

“You never know, there might still be some screaming. Some of those War of the Worlds fans are like One Direction fans, they are crazy about it.”

Another thing he is looking forward to when the show comes to the LG Arena on December 5, will be the chance to get in some golfing – if his schedule and the weather allows.

“I have played Birmingham with my own show and I toured with Ronan Keating last year.

“I love Birmingham. It is a great place and one of my favourite golf courses is The Belfry, I have always loved the atmosphere and the history.

“I am a big, big golfer. I have been playing it my whole life. My handicap is 11 but I am trying to get it into single figures.

“Luckily enough for me, my wife Vogue’s parents live on the golf course.

“She likes golf as well, actually. Her whole family plays golf so she doesn’t really have a choice.”

He married Vogue, a DJ and model who also comes from Ireland, two years ago.

This year they moved back there from Australia, where Brian has been based for a number of years since starting a relationship with the singer and actress Delta Goodrem and working as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent.

He admits he had wanted to come back for a long time as he was missing his two daughters, Molly and Lily-Sue, from his first marriage to Kerry Katona.

“I was so far away I didn’t get to see them as much as I’d like, I could only see them when they were on holiday and had more than a week off. I had wanted to come back for a long time but I had (work) commitments. As soon as I was a free agent, I was out of there.”

Since returning he has been busy presenting shows for and a dating show for Channel Five and a cooking game show for ITV.

Brian is hoping to release another solo album. “I have got a lot of songs I have been writing. I have been kind of taking my time on it. I like to write songs that are true, very much what’s happening in my life, not fictional songs.

“The first album (Irish Son), I was in a very different place, it’s quite a dark album. This will definitely be more positive.”

Source: Birmingham Post

Nov 27, 2014
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They once had careers which saw them top the charts.
But now Jason Donovan, Shayne Ward and Brian McFadden have all swapped pop for the stage in a brand new theatre production. Together, the three men star in a forthcoming adaptation of War Of The Worlds.

The trio were seen in the final dress rehearsal for Jeff Wayne’s play, which is making its sixth and final tour of UK Arenas. Wearing a retro, pin-striped suit, former Westlife singer Brian could be seen tackling a solo number as he took to the stage in the guise of his character: The Sung Thoughts of The Journalist. Around him were both a live orchestra and some ambitious special effects, including a hologram of actor Liam Neeson, whose voice makes a cameo in the play.

Brian, 34, has spent much of his recent career in Australia where he was a judge on Australia’s Got Talent alongside singer Dannii Minogue. At least that’ll give Brian a talking point with Jason Donovan, who famously dated her elder sister, Kylie, in the eighties when they starred together in Neighbours.

In this production, Donovan stars as Parson Nathaniel and delivers one of the more dramatic roles. No stranger to the stage, however, he once performed as the lead in West End hit Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

The show, which is mixed live in Surround Sound, features various special effects, including a three-tonne, 35-foot tall Martian Fighting Machine, which fires real flames into the auditorium.
Jeff Wayne’s double album was originally released by CBS Records in 1978. It has enjoyed huge success and critical acclaim across the globe with over 15 million records sold and spending over 330 weeks in the UK Album Charts (to date) plus achieving two International hit singles – ‘Forever Autumn’ and ‘The Eve of The War’. The album has also been Number 1 in 11 countries around the world and Top 10 in 22.
The War of The Worlds has also won two UK Ivor Novello Awards, the US Best Recording in Science Fiction and Fantasy (the judges included Alfred Hitchcock, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg), as well as winning for Jeff, Classic Rock’s ‘Showman of The Year’ Award.

Source: Daily Mail

Nov 24, 2014
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His sister Susan is no stranger to musical theatre, having played leading roles in the West End and on tour since winning Grease is the Word.

Now big brother Brian is getting in on the act.

McFadden senior is heading for the ECHO arena later this month, appearing as the Sung Thoughts of the Journalist in Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds.

But while this may be a departure for the Westlife singer, it’s not, it appears, his first experience of big stage spectaculars.

“I did all kinds of kids’ productions, and stuff like Grease,” he reveals of his time as a young member of Dublin’s Billie Barry Stage School.

“And I also did some big productions, things like the Wizard of Oz, which was a nine or 10 month run in the Olympia Theatre in Dublin.

“But I haven’t been in a musical since I was 13 or 14, so this will be my first time doing any sort of ensemble work since then.”

And it’s quite an ensemble that show mastermind Jeff Wayne has drawn together for what he has declared to be the final arena tour for the all-singing, all-fire breathing stage version of H G Wells’ sci-fi classic.

The cast includes Jason Donovan as Parson Nathaniels, Les Mis’ Carrie Hope Fletcher as his wife Bess, and X Factor’s Shayne Ward and Joseph Whelan as the Artilleryman and Voice of Humanity respectively.

Wells also features in this final tour, ‘appearing’ in three scenes, aged 33, 53 and 79 – spanning the end of the 19th century and two world wars.

Then there’s a new face too as the hologram, a role originally played by the late Richard Burton.

“Even the hologram is Liam Neeson!” Brian laughs. “You don’t want to mess it up in front of him.”

Conductor and composer Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds has its origins in a double album first released in 1978, going on to sell more than 15 million records and topping the charts in 11 countries as well as spawning two hit singles including Forever Autumn.

The first arena tour took place in 2006, with Justin Hayward reprising his original role as the Sung Thoughts of the Journalist, who gets to perform the song. Brian steps into his shoes – and those of Marti Pellow who played the role on tour two years ago.

“Forever Autumn is an incredible song,” says Brian, “it’s one of my favourites. I’ve never seen the show live, only on DVD, but I’ve heard the song on the radio before of course because it’s been released by a few people. So I’m really delighted to be singing that song.”

There won’t, however, be much chance to put his own stamp on it.

“This is Jeff’s baby,” points out the 34-year-old. “Normally when you sing a song you can put your own spin on it.

“But these are iconic songs, and you have to keep them true to how they’ve been in the musical for the past however many years.

“A lot of the die-hard fans might lose their temper if I change it!”

It’s all a far cry from the control that comes with being part of one of the most successful boy bands of all time, as well as running your own solo career.

Perhaps it could be a new direction for the dad-of-two (and former Mr Kerry Katona of course) who has also started to forge a presenting career alongside his musical one.

It would certainly be a nod back to the young Brian’s time as member of Ireland’s most famous stage school, which celebrates its half-century this year. “I don’t know,” he says doubtfully. “This is a one-off for me. I’ve just got to see how it goes, and see if I enjoy it.

“It’s definitely not the jazz hands part of the musicals’ business!”

That’s true. No one has attempted to make a jazz hands version of H G Wells’ apocalyptic vision.

“It’s pretty much the original science fiction story,” Brian adds. “And the genre hasn’t really changed that much, has it?”

Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds is at the ECHO arena on November 28.

Source: Echo

Nov 7, 2014
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Former Westlife singer Brian McFadden has rubbished rumours that the boy band are planning a reunion tour.

The band experienced incredible global success with 50 million album sales worldwide and 14 UK number ones before they disbanded in 2012.

Brian left the band in 2004 to pursue a solo career.

“If there ever was a Westlife reunion, it doesn’t mean I’m going to be involved because don’t forget they were together as a four piece longer than I was in the band,” Brian told the Herald. “None of us have ever spoken about it or talked about it but I would never rule out doing something with them,” he continued.

“It’s not even close to being on the cards, we’re all doing so many different things in our careers and it hasn’t even been spoken about. “Other people have been talking about it but none of us have,” he added.

Brian (34) also revealed that reading Shane Filan’s book brought up memories of his time in Westlife. “I couldn’t believe how nice he was to me in it,” he revealed.

“When I read the book, it brought back so many memories for me. “I’d like to read all five members’ books and put it all together because Shane’s book brought stories that I had completely forgotten about,” he added.

Source: independent.ie

Oct 26, 2014
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Brian McFadden has been announced as the male co-host to join Karen Koster presenting The Christmas Toy Show on TV3.

Former X Factor and Eurovision entrants Jedward will be joining the former Westlife star and Xpose host for the 90-minute show which will be broadcast live from the RDS on Friday November 21 from 8pm.

McFadden is no stranger to presenting having tackled ITV show Who’s Doing the Dishes, and Channel 5’s Stand By Your Man as well as his stint on Australia’s Got Talent.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for me. I’ve worked on a lot of great shows in the UK but it’s great to come home and host a show that I know will be a great production,” he said.

“When TV3 approached me I just thought the Christmas Toy Show was right up my alley and something I could bring a lot of energy to and have a lot of fun in the process.”

Karen added, “I am actually due the baby around Christmas Day so this Christmas is extra special, and what better way to get all Christmassy than by hosting what is essentially 90 minutes of acting like you are 8-years-old all over again!”

The TV3 show will broadcast a week before RTE’s Late Late Toy Show, hosted by Ryan Tubridy.

TV3 presenter Alan Hughes recently expressed his disappointment at not being considered for the show.

“Of course it’s disappointing and it’s hurtful, especially as last year’s show was so successful,” he told the Herald.

Last year, Alan fronted a 30-minute toy show from Tattersalls Winter Wonderland which aired an hour and a half before the 2013 Late Late Toy Show. The show was a huge success with over 350,000 viewers.

“The show was so successful last year, even the repeat had over 400,000 viewers and it was the biggest home-produced show last year,” Alan said.

“The only show that beat us in the ratings was Coronation Street or something like that and we were looking to go bigger and better with it this year so it is disappointing not to have been chosen,” he continued.

Source: independent.ie

Oct 23, 2014
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