Westlife's Shane Filan cried on stage over loss of his parents

Westlife band member, Shane Filan, speaks at the press conference ahead of tickets going on sale for their reunion tour, SSE Arena, Belfast.
Shane Filan lost both his parents in less than a year. (PA)

Shane Filan has told how he ran off stage crying during a show because he was overcome with emotion over losing his parents.

The Westlife singer, 42, lost his mother Mae in December 2019 and his dad Peter passed away in 2020.

Speaking on Loose Women - which he and his bandmates guest hosted – Filan said he broke down during a BBC Radio 2 concert in Belfast a couple of months ago, when he realised his parents would never be there to watch Westlife perform again.

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Opening up during a discussion about crying being good for you, he said: “It was an emotional night and my parents passed away in the last year and a half and I don’t think I’d had that moment where I’d properly cried.

(L-R) Kian Egan, Shane Filan, Mark Feehily and Nicky Byrne of Westlife performing live in concert during the band's farewell tour at O2 Arena in London.
Kian Egan, Shane Filan, Mark Feehily and Nicky Byrne on stage. (PA)

“I bottled it up and I didn’t realise I’d bottled it up. I cried when they passed away, but for a long time I didn’t cry and was like, ‘I’m kind of dealing with this’ and I felt like I should be worse.

“But when I did the show in Belfast, I felt really weird all day and I felt nervous going on stage for the first time whereas I’m usually excited and buzzing. Went on the stage and just choked."

The star said they were performing 'You Raise Me Up' and he "started balling crying in the middle of the song".

Bandmate Mark Feehily said at the time he didn't know whether Filan would manage to get through the song.

“Yeah, I looked at you a few times and it was like, ‘Man I don’t know if I’m going to get through it’,” said Filan.

“I realised it was the first time I was doing a Westlife show without my parents and I was never going to do it again. I cried and ran off stage and Zoe Ball was looking at me like, ‘Oh my God, what’s happening?’”

Shane Filan of an Irish Pop vocal group (Westlife) performs live on stage at the BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Westlife are making a comeback. (Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)

He added: “I went upstairs and had a big cry and you were all there for me.”

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The star revealed in 2019 that his mother had passed away on 15 December 2019, saying it was “the saddest day of my life”.

When his dad died just 10 months later the singer said his heart was “broken”.

Loose Women is on weekdays from 12:30pm on ITV and ITV Hub.

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