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SHANE: I will never go solo; EXCLUSIVE WESTLIFE STAR ON WHY HE WON'T QUIT LIKE BRIAN.

Byline: BY PAUL MARTIN

WESTLIFE star Shane Filan swears it again that he'll never go solo and break up Westlife.

The Sligo man insisted he won't follow in the footsteps of Brian McFadden who sensationally walked out on the group at the height of their success.

He revealed: "We all say we don't ever want to split up, there's no reason why we should. It's never been a dream of mine to go solo.

"I've always dreamt of being in a band. I'd rather do it with people I get along with and have that camaraderie on stage.

"It's not just about money for me.

If it ended tomorrow I probably wouldn't do anything to be honest.

It's pretty hard to beat Westlife's success."

The 28-year-old has been tipped for a hugely successful solo career over the past decade since he burst onto the music scene with the pop band.

But Shane recalls Brian's surprise exit from the group in 2004 with horror: He said: "That was a big shock to us because we did not expect it. It just happened overnight really.

We knew he was unhappy for a couple of months. We thought it must be his personal life or something else.

We talked but he never mentioned he wanted to leave.

"Brian was always funny. You never knew what he was thinking half the time. Then one day he said, 'I want to go'. We thought he was punking us, like MTV Punk'd.

"We were looking around the room for the cameras. It was so weird. We were like, 'Why would you want to leave Westlife?'"

The band were reeling with just 19 days until their next big tour and Shane confessed: "We had no time to sit back and cry and worry about it."

Brian scored a No1 hit with his first solo effort Real To Me but struggled to make an impact with his debut album when he suffered a barrage of bad publicity after splitting from Kerry Katona.

Shane revealed one secret to the success of the band - which recently celebrated 10 years in showbiz - is to leave big business decisions to their record boss Simon Cowell.

He said: "He's been right a lot of the time and obviously one of the reasons we're still here is good decisions over the years.

"It's about us understanding each other and having respect for each other. There's no hidden agendas."

"The fans are the only people we really care about."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2008
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