AS WESTLIFE release their greatest hits album ahead of their last tour, the band have told Day & Night they feel a weight has been lifted now they’re calling time after 14 years.
They appeared on shopping channel QVC to promote the album and told Day & Night’s Lizzie (pictured right with the band) they’re enjoying life in the group again now their 2012 split has been announced.
And Nicky Byrne, 33, Kian Egan, 31, Mark Feehily, 31, and Shane Filan, 32, said they’re looking forward to showing the world there’s more to them than bar stools and ballads.
Mark said: “We were all so worried and passionate about making the right choices it created a big ball of stress and that’s gone now. We’re back to enjoying life in Westlife instead of having this big cloud of pressure over us.”
Nicky added: “I don’t think we’ll deal with the enormity of what we’ve done until it actually happens. We’re loving riding the wave at the moment but it’s because it’s the end and we know that.”
Shane said the split had been on the cards for some time: “We tried changing labels in April from Syco to RCA when the cracks were showing to see if that would change anything. Nothing against RCA but the writing was on the wall even then. The Greatest Hits was happening this year anyway and it was getting harder to run the shop properly so we thought, let’s man up and knock it on the head.”
But Mark insisted the boys will be back, albeit on their own: “Westlife’s public perception has been quite one dimensional. I think we could surprise people. We all have different loves and other abilities and hopefully they’ll come to the surface when we’re by ourselves.”