We still think about Stephen every day, says Westlife Mark
WESTLIFE'S Mark Feehily admits that he is still haunted by the death of Boyzone's Stephen Gately one year after his tragic passing.
The Sligo-born singer explained how he and his fellow bandmates; Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan and Kian Egan could not attend an anniversary service in memory of the singer, which took place at the St Laurence O'Toole church on Sheriff Street, as they were in London for a photoshoot.
"We still think about Stephen and talk about him, it's not that the situation has left our minds at all," he said, adding he was also hit by Gerry Ryan's death.
"I mean even on Wednesday morning I was at home in Sligo and I almost went to go and turn on the radio to listen to Gerry Ryan. You know it's tough and you do think about them a lot," he added.
The star added that he knew nothing about the alleged falling out between the family of Stephen Gately and the late pop star's husband Andrew Cowles over the scattering of his ashes earlier this month.
"I suppose it's a very sensitive subject, only the family and him [Cowles] will ever know what really happened.
"It's like politics."
Mark, who got engaged to his longtime partner Kevin McDaid last January, says they are planning their nuptials.
The star says they have yet to decide on a date or venue, but feels strongly that they should have the right to hold their civil partnership in Ireland if they so choose. "I would love to have the choice to marry in Ireland, it's just a matter of being equal to everyone else," Mark explained.
"I think I should have the choice. Ireland has come a long way but there's still a long way to go. Right now we're an engaged couple. We're brainstorming at the moment. It's probably going to be the best day of our lives so we want to make it really special," he added.
Mark also spoke of his excitement ahead of Westlife's first official concert at the O2 which takes place on April 2.
Tickets for the gig went on sale last Friday at 9am from all usual outlets and are expected to sell out fast. "We've never actually played the O2 to full capacity before.
"The acoustic gig was more of an intimate, small performance so we're all very excited," Mark explained.
"We're just meeting our creative team at the moment to make all the plans."