Brian McFadden (aka. The Artist Formerly Known As Bryan McFadden) will not be involved in the reunion tour, despite having expressed an interest in reforming with his former bandmates as recently as last year.
He added that there was no room for changing his mind where Brian is concerned, insisting: “I prefer a happy band and four happy people.”
Brian quit Westlife during the group’s heyday in 2004, and while many groups struggle to find their feet again after losing a key member, the Irish boyband went on to release a further six albums as a four-piece, all of which made at least the top three in the UK.
Westlife announced their split in October 2011, which preceded the release of a final Greatest Hits collection (remember those?) and one last tour.
Despite being something of a joke in the pop music scene, Westlife racked up a staggering 14 number one singles during their 14 years together, including an impressive run of seven chart-topping singles in a row, beginning with their debut ‘Swear It Again’.
Kian Egan was crowned King Of The Jungle following his stint in ‘I’m A Celebrity’ back in 2013, and has since gone on to appear as a coach on the Irish version of ‘The Voice’, which he did for the show’s entire five-series run.