Westlife didn't even consider Bryan McFadden for reunion

Kian Egan, Shane Filan, Mark Feehily and Nicky Byrne of Westlife (Credit: AP)
Kian Egan, Shane Filan, Mark Feehily and Nicky Byrne of Westlife (Credit: AP)

Westlife manager Louis Walsh has revealed the group never even considered asking Brian McFadden to join their reunion tour, although they do view him quitting the band as one of their lowest points.

The boyband’s reunion show, Twenty Tour, is selling out around the world, but McFadden, who quit the band in 2004, was never going to be a part of it, according to Walsh.

"Never. We’ve forgotten about him, we've moved on,” he told The Mirror Online. “It’s not about him, it’s about Westlife and there are 80,000 people out there and the same tomorrow, nobody does that.

"Nobody does this, this is incredible because it’s better this time around."

Louis Walsh with the band (Credit: Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
Louis Walsh with the band (Credit: Brian Rasic/Getty Images)

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However, the band members still view McFadden’s departure as a low moment, as they didn’t know if they’d be able to stay together.

Nicky Byrne said: "The low points during the years, obviously when Brian left was a big low point for us, obviously we managed to pull through it, so to speak, and we became a tighter band because we had to, because if we didn't it was curtains.

"Robbie had left Take That and Geri had left the Spice Girls so the history didn't bode well for bands losing members. It was a bit of a realisation that we weren't unbreakable."

Westlife performing at Birmingham Arena (AP)
Westlife performing at Birmingham Arena (AP)

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He continued: "On a personal level, losing my dad during the time in the band. He got to see 10 years of it, he actually got to see the show here [at Croke Park] in 2008 and he was a singer himself so you’ll always take those moments that he got to see his son.

"Westlife is a family, it always was and it’s extended now into our own children."

Bryne went on to list the band’s high points, including seeing themselves on a CD for the first time, hearing one of their songs on the radio and meeting the Pope and the Queen.