'Brian won't be invited back for any Westlife reunion', says Kian
Kian Egan has admitted that his former Westlife bandmate Brian McFadden will probably not be getting an invite from the rest of the group to return for a reunion.
The pop group's legions of fans have been begging them to reunite for years and while Kian would love to perform with the boys again, he said Brian would probably not be asked back to perform with Shane Filan, Markus Feehily, Nicky Byrne and himself.
Brian was the fifth original member of the group before he quit the band in 2004 to focus on his solo career, while Westlife went on for several years as a foursome before disbanding in 2012.
"I don't think he would be [asked back] if I'm honest. He walked out after however many amount of years and went off and did his own thing," he said.
Kian added that Westlife was made up of four members for longer than it was five and it would feel "more natural" to return as a foursome.
"He didn't want to do it anymore and we did and we went on for a very long time without him," he said.
"I think it would be more of a natural fit for us if we were to do it again to do it as the four and not the five."
Brian went on to release four solo albums and is now touring with former Boyzone member Keith Duffy as Boyzlife.
After recent rumours that Westlife were due to reunite soon, Kian insisted it would not be happening.
However, the Sligo man hopes the group do get back together one day and loves the idea of them being back together on stage again.
"There hasn't been a phone call about it. I've seen all the boys at different stages throughout the years," he told the Herald.
"In my head, and I can only speak for me, I love the idea of standing on stage with Westlife again and singing the songs. Of course I do, why wouldn't I?
"I love the idea of revisiting a stage in my life that was amazing and gave me everything that I have."
Westlife were quite prolific during their time together, releasing 10 albums in 11 years.
Describing that process as a "machine", Kian admitted the intense work schedule they were under was difficult to handle at times.
"That was the machine we were in. There was no shift out of that for a very long time. It became quite stressful towards the end," he said.