Where are the stars of Westlife now from becoming dads to tragedy over the last two decades

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Westlife rose to fame in the Noughties with their hits of World Of Our Own and Flying Without Wings.

The Irish boyband formed in 1998 in Sligo, in the north of Ireland, and were signed by Simon Cowell in the UK while Louis Walsh co-managed the group.

Shane Filan, Markus Feehily, Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne and Brian McFadden made up the best-selling boyband who have had 14 UK Number One hits and have spent 199 weeks in the Top 40 throughout their career.

The group reunited in 2018 and released the eleventh album Spectrum the following year before selling out stadiums for The Twenty Tour in 2019. But where are the bandmates now?

Shane Filan

Shane, 41, is one of three lead singers in Westlife and hails from Sligo, Ireland.

After Westlife disbanded in 2012, Shane went onto producing three solo albums including You and Me in 2013, Right Here in 2015 and Love Always in 2017.

Shane married his childhood sweetheart Gillian Walsh, cousin to Kian Egan, in 2003 at Ballintubber Abbey in Mayo, Ireland.

The couple share three children together including Nicole Rose, 15, Patrick Michael, 12, and 11-year-old Shane Peter.

The Irish singer and his brother Finbarr started property development company Shafin Developments.

However Shane found himself in financial difficulty when the company when bust after borrowing millions from Ulster Bank and Bank of Ireland.

Shane, who has followers 457,000 followers on Instagram, lives in Sligo and can be founding posting snaps of golf and his family.

Markus Feehily

The 40-year-old is the youngest bandmate and also comes from Sligo, Ireland.

In October 2019 Mark became a first-time dad at the age of 39 alongside his partner, Cailean O'Neill.

Mark took to Instagram to reveal that he and Cailean were ecstatic as they welcomed a baby girl into the world.

He shared a picture of himself and Cailean in hospital as they wheeled their newborn girl down the hall, while holding their arms up in the air in joy.

Mark captioned the picture: “Baby Layla born safe & sound @ 7.27pm on October 1st 2019! We’re the happiest Dads in the world!”

Mark revealed the news on stage during a Westlife concert in Croke Park in Dublin.

The couple got engaged in 2019 during a romantic getaway in the Maldives.

Kian Egan

Kian, 40, is also from Sligo and married Hollyoaks actress Jodi Albert, 37, in 2009.

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The pair share three sons together including nine-year-old Koa, Zeke, five, and three-year-old Cobi and live in Sligo together.

In 2013 Kian was crowned King of the Jungle on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here and broke down in tears when he was reunited with his wife Jodi.

Kian lost his father Kevin in 2010 after he was too ill to attend the couple’s Barbados wedding after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

The singer released his solo album Home in 2014 which peaked at number nine in the UK.

Nicky Byrne

The 42-year-old is a former professional footballer and joined Leeds United as a goalkeeper in 1995.

Nicky was a member of the squad when they won the FA Youth Cup in 1997 and was part of team for two years before his contract expired in June 1997.

The star married his childhood sweetheart Georgina Aherne in 2003. Her father is former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Aherne while her sister is PS I Love You author Cecilia Aherne.

The couple share 13-year-old twins Rocco Bertie Byrne and Jay Nicky Byrne along with a seven-year-old daughter called Gia.

Nicky also competed on Strictly Come Dancing with partner Karen Hauer in 2012 and performed his song Sunlight in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016.

Brian McFadden

The 40-year-old quit Westlife in 2004 after he wanted to spend more time with his wife and Atomic Kitten star Kerry Katona and their daughters.

After he left the group Brian released his debut solo album Irish Son and went onto release four more albums including Set in Stone, Wall of Soundz, The Irish Connection and Otis.

Speaking about the possibility of Brian coming back to Westlife, Nicky told The Mirror in 2006: “We all get on great with Brian but we couldn't go back to having five in the group because it was such an upheaval when he left.”


Brian tied the knot with Kerry in 2002 and the pair share daughters Molly Marie, 19, and Lilly-Sue, 18.

He went onto marry Vogue Williams in a Tuscan ceremony in 2012 before the pair parted ways three years later. Vogue is now married to Made in Chelsea star Spencer Matthews.

In January Brian and his pregnant fiancée and former PE teacher Danielle Parkinson announced they are expecting a baby girl.

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