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23rd Oct 2018

Westlife Reveal The Real ‘Hurtful’ Reason Why Brian Will Never Be Included In The Band Again

Darragh Berry

Westlife spoke for the first time about their reunion on the Jenny Greene and Nicky Byrne show on 2FM on Tuesday.

It’s handy to get Westlife on as guests when one of the band has been your co-host for the past few years.

As you’ll be well aware of by now, Westlife play in Dublin’s Croke Park on July 5 but the announcement of that gig, coupled with their reunion of course, left people questioning about the possibility of all five returning at some stage.

Byrne told Greene that this is something that will never, ever happen.

“We have no hard feelings against Brian. We were always going to take off again where we left it in 2012.

“Brian walked away, obviously in 2004 and people forget and it sometimes hurts us a little bit, when you see the headlines that Simon Cowell wanted Brian.

“We never fell out with Brian and none of those things. But, we did nine-and-a-half years without him and we genuinely have no ill-feelings towards Brian and sometimes press and stuff, and all of these stories don’t help the relationship because there is no ill-feeling from either way.

“You see that from his tweet the other night and we genuinely wish him all the best. But we’re taking Westlife now, off from where we left it.”

You can watch the whole interview with the lads on 2FM’s Facebook Live here.

Westlife’s last two gigs were in Croke Park in late June, 2012. They played to a staggering 187,808 people over two nights.

Here was their set list from that night:

  • “What About Now”
  • “What Makes a Man”
  • “My Love”
  • “Safe”
  • “Uptown Girl”
  • “If I Let You Go”
  • “Queen of My Heart”
  • “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?”
  • “Bop Bop Baby”
  • “I’m Already There”


  • “I Gotta Feeling”
  • “Party Rock Anthem”
  • “Sex on Fire”
  • “Don’t Cha”
  • “Let Me Entertain You”
  • “Bohemian Rhapsody”

After Medley:

  • “When You’re Looking Like That”
  • “Mandy”
  • “Swear It Again”
  • “Home”
  • “You Raise Me Up”


  • “World of Our Own”
  • “Flying Without Wings”

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