You’re only as good as your last album.
Westlife earnt millions. We were on the ‘Irish Times’ Rich List. And then… I’m not!
Yes, it’s true, I have bought a helicopter. I really like it. I can’t fly it, but I plan to get a licence one day.
My kids are Irish; I want them to grow up playing Gaelic football and learning Irish.
It’s amazing how lucky Westlife were and what we achieved. It’s very rare to have seven number ones in a row. Ridiculous in fact.
I love Ireland. I’ll always be 100pc Irish. I get really excited when I go to Sligo; it’s my home.
I have three children to take care; I have a wife. My job is to take care of them, and I can say it’s a pretty cool job to have.
I think that as a band, we find joy, and we love what we are doing. We are very good friends, so we get on very well, and we have a lot of respect for each other. We have a lot of respect for what Westlife is. We have a very, very solid and strong fan base all over the world.
I don’t think about success to be famous, because I’ve done that at the highest level, but it’s all about my children.
When you realise that money doesn’t actually make you happy, it’s a quick fix to have things you’ve always wanted, but then when you have it, you realise that’s not what actually makes you happy. It’s more about having a great marriage and happy children; that’s what life’s all about.
I worry about putting food on the table, paying for my kids needs, their college fees in years to come. It’s about earning enough to have a living to be able to look after your children.
Working on solo material is something I had always dreamed of doing, and I’m incredibly happy with the results. ‘Everything To Me’ is a very personal song to me lyrically; it is such an upbeat and optimistic record, perfect for the summer. I can’t wait for people to hear it!
I have worked long and hard to try to reduce my debts, and I am devastated that it came to this conclusion. I now intend to focus on the remaining dates of the Westlife tour and my commitments to the band before looking to rebuild a future for my wife, my three children and myself.
The adrenaline of performing on stage to a crowd – there’s nothing like it.
For Westlife, the music will never stop as long as our fans are around inspiring us to keep on making beautiful music together.