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haul of fame Danny O'Donoghue says 'I look like I love myself but do I even like myself?'

Singer admits that re-evaluated life and ambitions in lockdown

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Danny has thought long and hard about what success means to him

Danny has thought long and hard about what success means to him

Danny has thought long and hard about what success means to him

POP superstar Danny O'Donoghue of The Script took a long, hard look at himself during lockdown - and admits he didn't like some of the things he saw in the mirror.

To the outside world, Danny had it all. But as he reflected on his life with time on his hands, the hit singer felt it had come at a price that now greatly bothered him.

While he'd embarked on a ferocious drive to make The Script one of the biggest bands in the world, O'Donoghue says he never made enough time for the people who mattered most - his family and friends.

In an exclusive and brutally frank interview, Danny also tells the Sunday World that when he looked at the "amazing home lives and beautiful children" of his brothers and sisters, he realised that they were the ones with successful lives - and it's something he now intends to concentrate on.

"I really feel they have it right," he says.

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Danny (centre) took a long, hard look at himself during lockdown

Danny (centre) took a long, hard look at himself during lockdown

Danny (centre) took a long, hard look at himself during lockdown

The Man Who Can't Be Moved singer, who is all loved up in a new relationship, reveals that he intends to change his life. "Everybody wants to rush out to whatever their life was before Covid… not me," Danny tells me.

Looking back on his global success with The Script, Danny says: "There are a lot of things that I did in my life in order to get there… missing out on weddings and people's birthdays and anniversaries, a lot of missed phone calls, not calling back, not texting back, that kind of vibe.

"It was because I really was besotted with making this band as big as I possibly could to show my family that I'm worthy of it, to show the haters 'f**k you, I can do it.'

"It was kind of fuelled by a lot of that, but I think once Covid hit it forced you to look at yourself in the mirror because you had nowhere else to go. I met myself, which means I had to sit back and go, 'right, well I'm showing all this outward love, look at me with this person, look at me on stage here!'

"I look like I love myself, but do I even f**kin' like myself? That was the main one for me, do I even like myself?

"And slowly but surely I started to strip away the things in my life that were questionable. I then spent a lot of time mending bridges. It's almost like a bucket list in a way, almost like a 12 steps thing where you have to write down everybody you ever offended and call them and tell them you're sorry. It's the only way you'll get those ghosts gone.

"I had almost like a funeral state of mind, where I didn't want to wait for somebody to pass away to tell them how you feel, or to sit there and regret and say you're sorry for something.

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"I didn't mean to be harsh on myself because I'm a very positive person, but I felt like I could only do good by having that frame of mind and calling those people. There were times when I was sitting back having a beer and I'd think, 'what the f**k did I miss that for? It was their anniversary, what were you thinking! I know the gig seemed like the biggest thing at the time, but where were your priorities, man?"

What kind of reaction did he get? "A few people that I called were like, 'you know what, I really appreciate you saying that. At the time it was a big deal, but we all understood that you were doing what we all wanted to do.'

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Danny (centre) has hit the big time with The Script

Danny (centre) has hit the big time with The Script

Danny (centre) has hit the big time with The Script

"I did that over a two week period and in general I got off the phone feeling great.

'It was a weight off my mind. Even if I'd made it bigger in my head than it was, at least now I knew it wasn't as big as I made it out to be.

"I was always scared, 'what if the band fails?' despite the success we've had. That's the sort of person I am. But in lockdown I felt like now is the time I can look back on it and reflect on it all. What happens if the band goes and I'm not able to do shows anymore and I'm just hanging out at home? Well, I've been through that now and, do you know what, I was happy for the most part.

"Having come through it, I really feel the value that I've placed on every breath that I take. Every day is even more priceless and every sunset that I get to see with my missus is priceless. Life is too f**king short.

"I'm older now and I look at my brothers and sisters and they have amazing home lives, they've got beautiful children that they've raised amazingly in a tough world, and they've come out on top themselves.

"I really feel that they have it right. The legacy that I'd probably been looking for in music I think I'm going to probably find in adulthood - having kids and settling down, really filling up a household with love, as opposed to trying to spread it from a stage every night to thousands and thousands of people."

THE Script's greatest hits album, Tales From The Script, is out now.

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