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Kian has a case of the green eyed monster over Boyzlife tour


I have to admit I wasn’t a Westlife fan in my teens – even though I ended up marrying one of them!

I did quite like Boyzone though. So I was surprised when I came across the comments made by Kian Egan during his radio show in which he had a go at plans by Brian and Keith Duffy to get together and tour as Boyzlife.

If you haven’t read about it, Brian and Keith have joined forces and created BoyzLife.

It will be a live tour show, in partnership with Hilton Hotels & Resorts, held all over the UK and Ireland.

Due to demand, they are now in talks about taking the tour international. They’ll be performing songs from the bands they were in and telling stories from the road.

I think it’s a great idea. When they announced it, the demand  was so high the tour nearly sold out on pre-sale alone!! They ended up adding further dates to supply the demand.

But Kian clearly had an issue with this.  Here’s the gist of what he had to say:

“Personally speaking, I think, you know, it’s not the right way to do it. What do I make of it all…good luck to them. It’s a bit of an odd one. You know, a member of Westlife who left the band after four years decides to use half the name for whatever it is they’re doing.

“It was really aggravating and really unfair on the fans. Everybody thought that Westlife and Boyzone were getting together to do a tour, and the name Boyzlife is the reason why.

“It was a clever marketing ploy by Brian and Keith.

“If Westlife were ever going to get back together it would be Westlife, not Westlife and Boyzone or somebody else.

“It would be the four guys who stood in Croke Park the day Westlife ended.”

Unfortunately, Kian didn’t quite have his facts correct. From how I see it, and I think everybody else is the same, at no point has Boyzlife been misleading.

It has always been very clear that Boyzlife is Brian and Keith, who are going on tour together. This was made very clear on their website and in any interviews done by the guys.

The incorrect facts came again when he said it was aggravating that Brian was using the Westlife name as Brian was only in Westlife for four years.

To correct you again Kian, it was actually six years, and without doubt the most successful period for the band, including 12 number one singles. Westlife only enjoyed a further two number one singles after Brian departed.

You may say that I’m biased due to my marriage with Brian and our continued friendship, however, I think anyone would agree that Kian was pretty vocal in his attack, and thinking Brian doesn’t have the right to use the Westlife name is, frankly, just plain stupid.

I suspect that Kian may have a case of the green-eyed monster. In fairness to Kian, I’d be raging too if I hadn’t thought of the idea
myself, seeing how successful it’s been.

I’m looking forward to seeing the Boyzlife show, as are about twenty of my friends.  It sounds like it’s going to be really entertaining and a great night out.

The tour is nearly sold out but Brian of course said he would make sure I got to see the show with my friends, and I’m sure if Kian asked they’d be more than happy to save him a seat too.

I’ve met Kian, and I do like him. I’d say the exact same thing to his face. This isn’t an attack, but I think Kian needs to get a grip and wish Brian and Keith all the best for the tour.

I was blown away by trip to Big Apple

I just arrived back from New York last week and I had the best time – I’ve never been before so was just in awe of everything.

I went away with my friends and I just wanted to wander around, go to amazing
restaurants and chill out.

I didn’t think I was going to shop but that changed pretty quickly!

Wandering around New York after a big night out makes impulse buying impossible to prevent. I didn’t go too crazy; I bought an amazing new Mongolian lamb coat and lots of gym gear.

I arrived on St. Patrick’s Day and got to my hotel around three. I stayed in the Gansevoort in the hopes of getting a Kardashian spot – but we had no such luck!!

The hotel was right in the middle of the Meatpacking district, which actually reminded me of London.

Andrea, my roomie, and I went to the Standard Hotel to meet friends for some drinks and then went to another friend’s Irish bar, The Hudson Hound, for more drinks. Well it was Paddy’s Day!

We finished off the night in Soho House, where Laura Whitmore was playing the best of Irish music, it was such a funny night, especially when Andrea decided to break into an Irish dance.

The next day was a bit of a struggle though. The thoughts of the most amazing lunch got me to the gym and out of bed. I even managed to do a blog look with my new favourite outfit; the whole thing is from Littlewoods Ireland, I adore the boots and never took the jeans off in NY.

After lunch, we went for a wander, I’m obsessed with the street art in NY, everywhere you look there’s amazing art. 

We did some shopping and then went home for a disco nap that turned into getting pizza, a hot dog, renting a movie  and not moving from bed.

The next morning we went for breakfast in the Meatpacking area and a walk on the highline – it’s a reclaimed railway track and it’s well worth a visit.

I used it to shoot my next blog look, which was another one from Littlewoods Ireland; I tend to get carried away on that site.

That night we went back to the Standard for drinks, I probably should have ventured a bit further but the handiness of it made it hard to go anywhere else.

I woke up the next day and we decided to hit up Central Park, where we queued 40 mins for a cookie. Now this was no ordinary cookie!! It was the best cookie in the whole of NY.

We went to the World Trade  Centre on our last day and the memorial is great, so sad to see all the names of the people that lost their lives but it’s nice that they’re being remembered.

I have to say, I was happy to be going home, four days in NY was enough for me, I feel like I never stopped moving over there.

Shock death of my brother’s pal

A recent tragedy close to home has made me realise how fragile all our lives are and the myriad of ways in which our existence can be ended.

My younger brother Alexander recently lost one of his closest friends to a sudden onset brain tumour.

Duncan McLean was only 20 years old, and was very much “one of the lads”.

He was in Alexander’s class at Loretto School in Edinburgh until August 2013 when he left to study Maths at the University of Bristol.

As well as being a gifted student, he was an excellent rugby player and a low handicap golfer.

He took ill and was admitted to hospital in Edinburgh on Thursday, February 26.

Scans and tests showed the worst possible scenario and poor Duncan died early on the Sunday morning, only two days later.

More than seven young people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK & Ireland every day and in the case of brain cancer, the five-year survival rate is approximately 80 per cent.

Duncan’s father Iain asked me to write about this to raise awareness and I think it’s quite inspiring that even such a short time after Duncan’s death, his family are already looking for ways to help other people.

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My deepest sympathy for Buncrana family

My heart goes out to the family who died as their car slid off a pier in Buncrana in Co. Donegal last weekend.

It was such devastating news to hear and I can’t imagine the torment of Louise Daniels (far right) who lost her husband Sean McGrotty (49), sons Mark (12), and Evan (8), mother Ruth Daniels (59) and sister Jodie Lee Daniels (14).

I can only hope she can see some light in the fact that her baby girl Rioghnach was so heroically rescued.