Jan 31st, 2016

After a hectic year moving hosts and losing our site amongst other things we have finally got back to focusing on our gallery again. We have mainly been focusing on Appearances and Live photos but we will have lots and lots of Westlife photos coming within the next few days/weeks.

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Jan 16th, 2016

Brian McFadden has asked Nicky Byrne to make up for his failures – when he competes in the Eurovision this May.

The former Westlife star previously attempted to get a track into the Eurovision when he penned the song If My World Stopped Turning.

The track was entered into the Eurovision in 2004 with Chris Doran singing the tune, but Ireland came in 22nd place that year. Taking to Twitter to wish Nicky better luck than he had, Brian asked Nicky to do a better job than him.

This week Nicky revealed that as well as signing up for the Eurovision, he also landed a record deal with Universal Music.

Source: goss.ie

Dec 31st, 2015

Fresh from spending Christmas with his former wife Vogue Williams, the ex-Westlife star will be taking on the gruelling reality TV show.

Top model Williams previously took part in Bear Grylls Mission Survive, which she eventually won after battling the elements in the Costa Rican jungle.

McFadden said recently that he was going to spend this week “just chilling”, but that he had “lots going on” in the New Year.

Channel 4 has now confirmed that singer McFadden is one of the big-name stars who has agreed to take to the piste for the programme.

Filmed in Austria, it will be broadcast live every night on Channel 4 and will see Brian battling it out against a number of other celebrities.

Also tipped to be taking part are Towie’s James Argent and Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding as they take on a number of challenges including bob-sleigh and speed skating.

They will also have to tackle the dreaded ski jump as they fight it out to avoid elimination.

Source: independent.ie

Dec 4th, 2015

Irish singer-songwriter Brian McFadden has posed with his pooch Winston for PETA’s latest anti-fur campaign.

“You wouldn’t wear your dog. Please don’t wear any fur,” reads the anti fur farming poster for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

“Proud to be supporting @PETAUK,” tweeted McFadden with the campaign photo of himself holding his pup.

Other celebrities who have called for a ban on fur farming include American actress Anjelica Huston and Irish actor Cillian Murphy.

“Fur farms are hell on Earth for animals,” said Jason Baker, PETA’s Australian Director of Campaigns.

“Animals dont need to be electrocuted, have their heads bashed in, or even be skinned alive for the sake of coats and collars.

Source: Yahoo

Nov 23rd, 2015

Kerry Katona has admitted it took a “‘long time” to develop a friendship with ex-husband Brian McFadden.

The Atomic Kitten star wed former Westlife singer Brian in 2002 and the couple had two daughters together, Molly and Lilly Sue, before separating in 2004. Their divorce was finalised in 2006.

Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women today, Kerry said: “It took a long time for me and Brian to become friends. There was a lot of hurt and hatred, especially on my part.”

She said now Brian can come round to her house to see the girls and they can exchange texts, but added: “It’s not like we are best friends.”

Kerry was on the show to give her first TV interview since splitting from third husband, George Kay, in October. They have daughter Dylan-Jorge together. Kerry is also mum to daughter Heidi and son Max from her marriage to Mark Croft.

She told the panel she’d been open with her eldest children, Molly and Lilly, about the separation from George.

“We spoke everything through. They are both highly intelligent girls. I actually do question whether I’m their mum! They have been absolutely amazing. They are just really great kids, as are Max and Heidi. Happy kids who go to school and play outside.”

Kerry also credited close friend Katie Price for helping her through this tough time, saying: “Me and Kate have been friends for a very long time and obviously she texts me.”

Source: Reveal

Nov 12th, 2015

Brian was due to perform at The Empire in Belfast on Sunday November 8 but had to pull out due to a “vocal injury that prevented him from performing to a professional standard”.

The singer has now confirmed a new date and venue.

He will now take to the stage at The Limelight 2 on Sunday December 13 2015 with guests Robbie Doyle and rising Northern Ireland music sensation Triona.

Tickets are on sale today from all usual Ticketmaster Outlets and www.ticketmaster.ie
Original General Admission tickets remain valid.

For those who used a VIP ticket on Sunday past, you will receive a new one from Ticketmaster in the coming weeks. Entry will not be gained with your current VIP ticket.

Should this new date not suit, a refund can be obtained from point of purchase or contact Ticketmaster Customer Services for more info on 0333 321 9996.

Source: Independant

Nov 4th, 2015

The former Westlife singer revealed he’s working on his fifth studio album following the release of his 2012 record ‘The Irish Connection’.

He made the announcement while performing at Bush Hall in London on Tuesday (03.11.15), where he premiered a handful of new songs from the as-yet untitled collection.

During the intimate show he joked around with the crowd by telling anecdotes about his life such as his struggle to give up smoking and joking about how he uses gay dating app Grindr causing plenty of laughs among the crowd.

And as well as playing tracks from his previous albums, the 35-year-old star returned to classic Westlife tracks, despite their split in 2012.

The 15-track set was complete with an encore featuring two of the band’s biggest hits, ‘Uptown Girl’ and ‘Flying Without Wings, the latter of which he dedicated to the crowd.

Before kicking off the hit single, he said: ”I want to dedicate this to the most important people in the room which is all of you who are here tonight.

”You’ve been here since I started in Westlife, since when I left Westlife, the stuff I’ve done wrong, and all the s**t I’ve done. You’ve all been standing there. So this one’s for you.”

Source: Xpose

Oct 20th, 2015

Following her split from George Kay, Kerry Katona’s ex-husband Brian McFadden has made it clear he’s standing by her.

Brian and Kerry, both 35, were married from 2002-2004 and share two daughters, Molly, 14, and 12-year-old Lilly-Sue – but the former Westlife singer has insisted he’ll look after all five of her children if she needs a break.

Speaking to Closer, Brian said: “I called her as soon as it all came out about the split. I’ve been taking our daughters out to give her a break and offered to take her other kids for a bit too. She’s obviously upset but she’s getting on with it.”

Earlier this year Brian took to Twitter to wish former rugby player George, also 35, a happy Father’s Day, thanking him for ‘keeping their family’ together.

Despite the sudden turn of events, Brian, who recently split from wife Vogue Williams, isn’t taking sides.

He continued: “I haven’t spoken to George about the split and I don’t know the ins and outs. I know that Kerry’s very upset and she’s the mother of my children so that’s all I’ve got to go on.”

Last week Kerry confirmed her third marriage was over after just 13 months, following reports that George was arrested for attacking her and possessing a taser.

A spokesperson for the Atomic Kitten singer said: “It is with deep sadness that Kerry announces the end of her marriage to George Kay. Her focus now will be on her gorgeous children.”

Oct 17th, 2015

Don’t call it a comeback. No, really: don’t. For starters, that’s not quite how Brian McFadden sees things.

The singer/talent show judge/TV presenter may have come full circle in the eyes of the Irish public, but the way he tells it, his music career never came to a standstill. “I know from the outside it looks like it’s been a long time since I’ve released music, but it actually hasn’t; it’s just been a long time since it’s been released in Ireland,” he says of his new single and forthcoming album.

“Nothing really sparked it off. I was here, I made an album, I’m on this side of the world now and it’s coming out. There was no big plan to have a ‘comeback’.”

Call On Me, Brother is the former Westlife star’s first new release in several years, not taking his 2013 covers album The Irish Connection into account. The Dubliner returned only recently from a long spell living in Australia, where he was a judge on three seasons of Australia’s Got Talent, alongside Dannii Minogue.

His music career Down Under was thriving, his public profile at a reasonably visible level. Why come home? The long answer: it was where the work was, but the distance became problematic. The short answer: sausages. “I think you definitely appreciate that Ireland makes great sausages, because once you leave it, the sausages around the rest of the world are absolute shite,” he deadpans. “Any time I land in Dublin airport, the one thing I can’t wait for is getting to my mam’s to have Superquinn sausages and Clonakilty white pudding.”

He denies that his return was partially sparked by the negative publicity attracted by his 2011 single Just the Way You Are (Drunk At the Bar). The song was accused of glorifying date rape with lyrics like, “I like you just the way you are, drunk as shit dancing at the bar / I like it, and I can’t wait to get you home so I can do some damage.” It was later banned from the airwaves. The controversy is obviously still a sticking point. “It’s really frustrating when something like that happens,” he says. “The funny thing is, when we brought it out first, everybody loved it, and it was getting A-list rotation on all the major stations in Australia, and it was looking like it was going to be a big hit, until one woman made a comment saying that it was promoting date rape.

“I can see that if you were to put it into that context of what that woman was saying, yes, you could see that it could be taken that way, but it wasn’t the way the song was supposed to be, at all . . . You’ve just gotta take it on the chin and move on.

“I was never going to stop making music because somebody misinterpreted a lyric I’ve written. I write a lot of very straightforward lyrics that are very autobiographical, so people are going to take a song whatever way they want. Unfortunately for me, that one was just taken the wrong way.”
Now 35, he is less concerned with dwelling on the past. In fact, with his former bandmates Shane Filan and Markus Feehily also releasing solo material at the moment, there is no sense of competition.

“Not at all,” he says. “I think if this had been years and years ago, just after I left Westlife, it would be a bit frustrating. But this is my fourth album now, and the industry isn’t like how it used to be in the old days, when you’re up for chart positions every week.

“I don’t mind talking about them, I’m a big fan of both of them. I think Shane is one of the best pop singers we’ve ever had, and Mark’s record is absolutely fantastic. Listen, we had a great career together and the band obviously went on without me, but we’re still very supportive of each other. Well, I’m supportive of them, anyway,” he laughs. “I’m hoping they’re the same.”

Although McFadden spent only six years of his life in the boyband, it’s a label that refuses to budge: “Brian McFadden from Westlife”. Still, he says he has no regrets about that period of his life and Westlife songs still feature in his live set. “At that time, it was what I needed to do. If you look at what One Direction are doing, which is taking a supposed year off – if Westlife had taken a year or 18 months off, maybe we would have stayed together.

“I just needed to go home and gather my thoughts and take it all in, and the boys didn’t want to do that. Maybe if we had taken time off together, we would have carried on as a five-piece, but that’s all with hindsight now.

“I don’t regret any decisions I ever make, you’ve gotta live by them and learn by them. Career-wise, I’m very happy with where I am. I love doing TV, I love still doing music, and I wouldn’t change anything.”

His most recent incursion into the world of television has been as host of ITV daytime series Who’s Doing the Dishes?, a lighthearted cross between Through the Keyhole and Come Dine With Me, where a mystery celebrity cooks dinner for four members of the public. “ITV came to me and said we have this show, and they wanted me to do the voiceover for it,” he says. “So I went and had a meeting with them, and they said, ‘Well, maybe you could actually be in it, instead of doing the voiceover for it. So we did a pilot, and it went from me doing normal voiceovers to me being a bit of an idiot and having fun, having banter with the celebrities that are there. I just have fun; I’m really interested in hearing these peoples’ stories and snooping around their house.”

With his TV profile suitably raised, he is not averse to the possibility of participating in another reality show; he and his ex-wife Vogue Williams placed second on ITV’s dance show Stepping Out in 2013, but he won’t follow his former bandmate Kian Egan into the jungle on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

“I’m not interested in people putting a microphone on my chest and watching me sitting there, talking to other celebrities in a house about rubbish – and especially with some of the headbangers that go into the Big Brother house,” he says, chuckling.

“And even the jungle, there’s a few spanners. I just couldn’t do it. I watched Celebrity Big Brother this year, and I would have walked out after 24 hours; I wouldn’t have been able to deal with those people. I’ve no interest in doing anything reality-based. I would do a show like Strictly Come Dancing or The Jump; something [that’s] more of a competition than a reality show.”

Now that he’s based in London most of the time, he sees his children Molly (14) and Lilly-Sue (12) more regularly. It’s strange being the father of a teenager, he jokes, “especially when they’re smarter than you. The one positive thing for me is that when we go to the movies now, we both enjoy the movies we watch; they want to watch stuff like The Hunger Games, which is better than having to watch some cartoon dog in 3D, covered in popcorn and having Slush Puppy all down my front.”
Fame continues to have its advantages and disadvantages, he says. On the one hand, “it’s nice to know that the job you’re doing is getting recognition when people come and say hello,” he says. “It’s great when you get loads of free stuff, as well.”

On the other, his relationship – and subsequent public spats – with his ex-wife Kerry Katona became a regular feature of the tabloids over the years. He found himself in a similar situation earlier this year, after splitting from Williams. Soon after their announcement, bookies had odds on who might be his next partner.

“That’s silly, but that’s Paddy Power,” he says, grimacing. “But it’s just ridiculous. It makes my private life seem very, very shallow if they’re taking bets on who I’m going to go out with. I just ignore it.”

He says he and Vogue are still on the best of terms. “Vogue lives in Howth, but when she comes to London she stays with me in my house,” he says. “We’re still on great terms, absolutely. She’s still my best mate, that won’t change.”

McFadden is a changed man from the feesh-faced, floppy haired teenager who joined Westlife. Yet pop is a young person’s game: with his new album set for release in February, is there still a place for him? “Who knows? We’ll just have to wait and see. I hope there is, because music’s what I love – but at the end of the day, Robbie Williams is older than me and he’s still making music; Madonna’s, like, 90 and she’s still making music. So there’s still hope.”

Is he where he thought he’d be in life, in his mid-30s? Hosting a daytime TV show, two marriages behind him, two teenage children? He exhales, shrugs and smiles. “I’ve no idea. The day before I joined Westlife, I was working in McDonald’s. I didn’t think that the following week I’d be going to England with Louis Walsh and signing a record deal with Simon Cowell – so I don’t have a clue where I’m gonna go or what I’m gonna do. I just get on with life and enjoy it, and whatever happens, happens.

“It’s been 18 years, and I’ve tried so many different things, and I’m still here, still making money and still successful. That has to count for something. If that could last for another 18 years, I’d be happy. I want people to see me and say: ‘Oh, that guy again? He just won’t go away!’ Some people might want me to, but I’m not going anywhere.”

Source: Irish Times

Oct 5th, 2015

Glen’s Platinum vodka has teamed up with former Westlife singer and songwriter Brian McFadden to promote the brand to a wider audience.

Launched earlier this year, Glen’s Platinum is a premium grain vodka and part of the Loch Lomond Group’s portfolio located on the shores of Loch Lomond.

Glen’s Vodka is the number one take home brand in Scotland and the UK’s second best-selling spirit.

Glen’s Platinum will be promoted as part of McFadden’s forthcoming live shows in the UK and Ireland. Fans will have the opportunity to win concert tickets and meet him in person via vodka’s social media channels.

Bruce Davidson, business development director at Loch Lomond Group said: “It is fantastic to have Brian as our partner for Glen’s Platinum vodka.

“His input has been invaluable and we know that he will connect brilliantly with existing consumers as well as attracting new fans to the brand.”

McFadden, said: “I have spent a lot of time with the team at Glen’s Platinum and I believe that we have created an extra smooth vodka, produced from the finest quality grain.

Source: Daily Business Group

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