Ronan Keating breaking free
Ronan Keating is breaking free from his "boy band shackles".
The 39-year-old singer plays guitar on his new album 'Time of my Life' and says he was never given the option to play any musical instruments with Boyzone.
He said: "I wasn't encouraged and was scared to. We fell into the groove of being in a boy band and were happy with that. I'm breaking the shackles and it feels good."
Ronan also believes his new record is the "the greatest" he has ever made and it includes a love song to both his wife Storm and his native Ireland.
He told Fabulous magazine: "There's a track called 'Think I Don't Remember', which is a love song to Ireland. In the past I may have got too big for my boots, but I'm very proud of my country.
"My co-writer Dan Healy and I came up with the track 'She Knows Me'. It's about having someone who knows you inside out - we all have those people that just know you. I hope it makes you remember someone you love. The album is definitely the greatest I've made so far. It feels like a re-birth.
"By no means can I retire yet. The next 10 years are about hard work, my career and family."