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IT'S NOT WAR; EXCLUSIVE Shane's fury at Westlife feud rumours.

Byline: PAUL MARTIN

FURIOUS Westlife star Shane Filan has hit back at rumours the band are at war with each other.

The singer, 25, was shocked to read a number of reports that the group were on the verge of splitting after fights in their London hotel.

But in a call from his holiday in Dubai yesterday the star insisted: "We're not splitting up and there is no war.

"These stories are a load of rubbish and we don't know where they came from.

"I got the call the other day on holiday saying there were reports that we're having a huge feud and we had been fighting at the Conrad hotel.

"I want to tell the fans this is absolute rubbish and we are getting on fine.

"There was no fight and we're not going to split up. We've never got on better than we do now.

"These fights were actually meant to have happened when we weren't even in the same country.

"I've been on holiday for the past 10 days and haven't seen the other lads for two weeks. But everything is 100 per cent fine between us."

Westlife have fought countless rumours that they were splitting over the past five years.

They have just completed a world tour and are now planning a new album.

Shane, who is expecting a baby in August with wife Gillian, 24, added: "I think every time it gets to an end of a tour certain journalists start presuming it's the end of the band.

"They want a dramatic story to add to speculation we are splitting so they make out that we are fighting.

"None of the lads have laid a finger on each other - we have too much respect for each other to do that.

"I know the journalists who wrote these things and it's the same ones who made up stuff and were wrong in the past.

"I just wanted to take the opportunity to set the record straight."

Shane said he is now concentrating on the birth of his first child.

He revealed: "Both Gillian and I are very excited. This is everything we ever wanted."

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