As part of Westlife, Brian McFadden enjoyed enormous success, notching up countless No.1 singles and albums. Bryan quit the band to go solo and although he has not enjoyed the same level of success that Westlife had, Bryan has released several solo albums and is about to launch another later this year.
We caught up with Brian at the fabulous M&M World Store in Leicester Square, where a ‘character election’ was taking place! It was a fun setting and Brian really stood out as a very humble, approachable, warm and funny man, who enjoyed the evening. Relaxed and easy to talk to, we enjoyed meeting him. Also in attendance was his jaw-droppingly stunning wife, Vogue Williams.
Here is our interview with Brian McFadden as he chats about the music industry, boy bands, Ronan Keating, Louie Walsh and golf!
What do you think of the likes of Atomic Kitten, Blue and several boy bands getting back together and do you ever see that happening to Westlife?
It’s great you know, it’s good to see bands getting back together again who were around in my era. And with the likes of Blue and 5ive. (or four, or three, however many is left now – laughs). All these bands coming back were bands that I grew up with and who I started my career with. It’s good to bump in to them now and again and see them out and about doing the rounds. I speak to Ant from Blue quite a lot and obviously Atomic Kitten and also the lads from 911 too. Getting back together with Westlife, I’d never say never. But none of us are talking about it.
Big news in the boy band world recently was Zayn leaving One Direction. Did it feel strange to you when you left Westlife?
It feels a bit strange when you leave a band and you have to adapt to living life without being a part of it. For us, we are like brothers and the hardest thing for me was waking up in the morning and not sharing my day with four of the lads.
Tell us about your new album?
I’ve just finished recording it, which will be out in September. You may not have heard my last two albums, as they were only released in Australia and Asia, but I guess I would say that this album is closer sounding to my first album, which is just a pop music sound really.
Ronan Keating has popped the question to Storm, did you know about this?
We did know, but we were all sworn to secrecy for the last couple of weeks. It’s another wedding to go to and I’ll have to get my suit ready, I’m excited for it and really looking forward to that. She’s a lovely girl and he’s so happy. Ever since he met her he’s had this big dopey smile on his face (laughs). He’s proper loved up. We used to hang out together in Australia and he’s been a bit different since being with her. He doesn’t want to stay out late, he’s a bit of a Granddad now really!
Do you think the Stag Do will be wild?
Ronan’s stag do? Nah, it will be all red wine and cigars.
What do you think of Louie Walsh leaving the X Factor?
Is he leaving? I’m not sure if that’s totally true. Louie is kinda part of the furniture on the X Factor, isn’t he? I think that Simon is planning on making a lot of changes this year though. The show needs a change and the pressure is up. When the X Factor first came out, it was a massive change to all the shows that were out at the time. It’s got a little old now, so I think Simon is doing the right thing in making the changes that he does.
You’ll be playing at the Celebrity Cup at the Celtic Manor this summer, have you been practising your swing?
Yeah, I try to have a game around two or three times a week. Ireland have come last the last three years in a row, so this year, we’re going to try and not drink at it (laughs). That’s what always happens. Last year I got there and said that I was going to take it easy and I’m not drinking and I’ll take it seriously. I go to bed at twelve o’clock and the next thing I hear it banging on the door. I go to open it and then there’s Keith Duffy there saying alright buddy, with a bottle of Vodka!