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

Oct 4th, 2015

The model, fashion blogger and TV presenter had jetted home from LA for the celebration which was held at a Dublin restaurant and attended by friends and family including Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham.

Vogue and former Westlife singer Brian split in September after three years of marriage but have remained close friends.

On the day itself Brian tweeted a happy birthday to his ex-wife, “Happy birthday to the beautiful @VogueWilliams you don’t look a day older than 21!!! Xxxxxx” with an image of an elderly lady smoking.

Writing about her birthday in her Sunday World column today, Vogue said, “We had gorgeous food and loads of drinks and my friend Dave Byrne was DJing. He’s so good and it made the night amazing.

“Brian came home for my birthday and it was nice that he was there. We are getting good at this being friends thing and it was great to have him there to celebrate with me.”

She also said that she was “quite looking forward to” her thirties.

“It’s another entire decade of having fun and achieving things I’ve always wanted to achieve.”

She added, “I did envision my life would be slightly different at 30, but everything that happens always does for a reason, so I’m trying to go with it.”

Vogue had been in LA to interview Emilia Carr who is on death row and she said the meeting “really put things into perspective” for her.

Brian previously spoke about how they have remained “great friends” in the wake of their split.

“We’re still great friends, a lot of people have their break-ups and they don’t talk but me and her are genuinely still friends and we still hang out.”

Source: Independant

Sep 21st, 2015

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Sep 19th, 2015

Brian McFadden has blasted the Catholic tradition of ‘marrying for life’ and says that he doesn’t regret the fact that neither of his marriages have worked out.

His comments come just months after he and his wife Vogue Williams announced their separation after three years of marriage. He was married to former Atomic Kitten Kerry Katona from 2002 until 2004.

“Irish people are used to meeting someone, marrying and spending the next forty years hating each other.

“We’re not in that world anymore,” he told the Irish Daily Mirror.

The 35-year-old is set to release his new single Call On Me Brother on Friday. “If people break up they break up and it’s not as big a deal as people make it out to be. Two people can break up and be happy and move on but still have a friendship. It doesn’t have to be some world war where people start fighting and hating each other,” he said.

Meanwhile Vogue Williams is set to turn 30 next week and Brian said he will be on hand to help her celebrate her big day.

Source: Independent

Sep 18th, 2015

Former Westlife star Brian McFadden exclusively revealed to TEN he is no longer living with his ex-wife, Irish model Vogue Williams.

The couple, who announced their split in July via social media, raised eyebrows when they continued to share their London home following their public break-up.

McFadden, who tied the knot with 29-year-old Williams in Italy in September 2012, told TEN that they are no longer living together and said he isn’t bothered with his personal life being discussed in public.

“I had it most of my life so it’s not more difficult than it was before. We don’t live together. I live in London and Vogue pretty much lives here [Dublin] and she is in America at the moment,” he added.

DJ and model Vogue previously said: “My family find it strange but we’ve only just broken up and I haven’t found somewhere else to live.

“I’m sure there will be a time when we’re not in contact as much as we are now, but until I find somewhere else we’re going to be in each other’s lives.”

McFadden told Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show that he is still on good terms with his former partner.

“I’m doing ok. We are both happy which is the most important thing. We’re still good friends and we’re battling through it,” he said.

“I don’t think either of us would be as happy as we are now and get through it if we didn’t have that [friendship]. Our friendship is the most important thing that we ever had. We were best friends and we still have it. I think that’s why we are probably finding it a lot easier than other people would.”

The singer also spoke to TEN about Simon Cowell’s X Factor shake-up saying it was “selfish” and that getting rid of Louis [Walsh] was a big mistake.

“I think The X Factor is beyond help now. I think getting rid of Dermot [O’Leary] was a huge mistake and getting rid of Louis [Walsh] was a mistake. If Simon [Cowell] wants to change the show he needs to do it gradually. X Factor has been a huge part of some people’s lives for the last twelve years or whatever it is,” he said.

“I think it is selfish to just change everything. I think he needs to remember that there are things about it that people love.

“Maybe gradually changing a judge every year is fine but getting rid of Louis, Dermot and the guy who does the voiceover. There are just too many changes,” McFadden added.

Asked whether he could sway Shane Filan into having a Westlife reunion, the 35-year-old singer, who is currently promoting his new single Call On Me Brother, said: “There’s no talk of a reunion. Everyone else is talking about it but not us. The five of us never spoke about it and I’ve never had a conversation with anyone from Westlife about getting back together.

“I don’t know why the rumours are rife now – maybe it’s because it’s been so long since we’ve broken up. But we’re certainly not talking about it,” he said.

Source: RTE

Sep 16th, 2015

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Sep 14th, 2015

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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

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