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Monday 23 October 2017

Shane reveals money woes in biog

Shane Filan will become the first member of Westlife to put pen to paper when he unveils his tell-all autobiography next week.

Called My Side of Life and described as the book Westlife fans have been clamouring for, Shane will be lifting the lid on what really happened behind the scenes of the chart-topping band.

Devastation And the 35-year-old will be revealing all about his "financial devastation," having accumulated debts of €22.9m and being declared bankrupt just ten days before Westlife's final concert in Croke Park in 2012.

He'll also be opening up the break-up of the boyband on how he managed to turn his life around and score considerable success as a solo artist.

Currently enjoying a sell-out tour of Asia, the Sligo native will be flying back to Ireland next Friday for the invite-only launch at the Old Music Shop.

Speaking about thebook, Shane described it as a "very honest book, very true."

"It brings back a lot of hard memories for me and to a time where I was very scared and anxious, I had three small children to support," he said.

"I hope it helps. People have done very drastic things when going through financial problems and I hope I can prevent some of that."

One of the most successful pop acts of all time, Shane and his Westlife band mates clocked up sales of 44 million records and 14 number one singles during their time at the top.

Property But he ploughed much of his fortune into buying property in his native Sligo and when the recession kicked in, he struggled with mounting debts.

He is now out of bankruptcy and based in Surrey with wife Gillian and their three children, he recently sold his Sligo home for €800,000, having built it from scratch for €3m.

mfinn@herald.ie

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