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Former Westlife star Shane Filan on bankruptcy: 'I had to sell my wedding ring'

Singer Shane Filan has opened up about the impact declaring bankruptcy had on him as a person and his outlook on life.

Speaking to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, he explained that he didn't let his band mates or label know the extent of his severe financial problems: "I didn’t want them to know. I am a private person. The lads hadn’t a clue. They knew I had some property, but they didn’t know how bad it was."

"And then they decided we were finishing as a band. I went out of the room thinking: 'Oh my God, if they only knew. That was probably the scariest time of my life. My job was finishing, my financial security was ending and I knew I still had the bills coming in every month."

Filan added that having to sell his wedding ring, which was valued at around £33,000, was unbearable: "I didn’t want them to sell it. It’s not a nice thing to do to buy your wedding ring twice. I’d rather not say how much I paid to get it back. It’s personal between me and Gillian."

Luckily, the situation turned around for the star and he recently unveiled his new music video for 'Everything To Me', which will be released on August 25 through Capitol Records.






Watch his music video for 'Everything To Me' below: