Westlife on career: "It wasn't special any more"
Popular boyband Westlife have admitted their decision to split came about after deciding being in the group simply "wasn't special anymore".
The lads, who have enjoyed an incredibly successful career over an impressive 14-year period, knew it was time to call it a day because they felt as though they had reached a plateau with both their music and live shows. Shane Filan explained:
"It felt like it wasn't special any more, not like it used to be. For the fans it's slightly different but for us it's been like, 'Are we getting better? Are we getting worse? Are we getting to the stage where we aren't enjoying it?' It is half our life. None of us want to let it go and all of us will be crying come June [when the tour ends], but it's time."
"It's probably been brewing for a good year, as we knew we were coming to the 'Greatest Hits' album and the end of our contracts. We'd all been sitting down and talking about the pressure and the stress of trying to make the record and get it right."
Kian Egan, who recently celebrated the birth of his first child with wife Jodi Albert, added that the decision to call time on the group was in the pipeline before their tour in Asia so they all had time to come to terms with the news:
"I shouldn't say it but before we went on tour to Asia, we knew what was going to happen. We knew it was our last tour in Asia and when we came back we were going to release the news, so Asia's probably the best trip we've had in years! It was like going away with your four mates on the p**s. It was a fairytale moment."
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