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FAMILY HEARTACHE The Script's Glen Power reveals how lockdown forced him to confront his father's death

'In lockdown I had to face  the grief I fled when my Dad died. He was so much to me'

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Glen Power, left, with Danny O’Donoghue and Mark Sheehan

Glen Power, left, with Danny O’Donoghue and Mark Sheehan

Glen Power, left, with Danny O’Donoghue and Mark Sheehan

Irish pop superstar Glen Power of The Script yesterday revealed how the Covid-19 lockdown forced him to confront the devastating death of his father in 2019.

The Script, who have just announced new Irish shows and released a brand new single, I Want It All, had their tour cut short in March of last year when the pandemic shut down live entertainment.

With time on his hands, drummer Glen was left alone with his thoughts… and was then swept up in a tsunami of grief over the loss of his father, Gary, who died the previous September from pancreatic cancer.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday World, Glen says: "I had to face a lot of the grief I was running from. It came full blast when I was alone, but I'm doing okay now, thank God. Now I'm just gonna do the best I can and try and be like Dad and get on with it."

Glen had a close bond with his father, Gary, who had been a well-known singer and entertainer on the Dublin circuit.

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The gig tickets go on sale on Friday

The gig tickets go on sale on Friday

The gig tickets go on sale on Friday

"Dad was a great character and a good soul," he says. "He would never see anyone stuck. He taught me so much about the business, about people and about respect.

"His friends went right across the age groups, across the board. A lot of people took to him. He advised a lot of people, he was a bit of a counsellor in a way. I realised that from the people at his funeral and the people who texted me.

"I thought he was a politician when I was a kid. Everyone knew him everywhere we went, that's the kind of character he was. He was just infectious. You just wanted to chat to him and be around him. He was a really good man."

Glen says he's now looking forward to getting back to work with The Script, who will release their greatest hits album, Tales From The Script, on October 1 - followed by a greatest hits tour with guest performer Ella Henderson next year.

They'll play Belfast's SSE Arena on May 15 and Dublin's 3Arena next June 14 and 15, with tickets going on sale next Friday.

"It's gonna be a great buzz," Glen tells me. "It feels like the right time to do this (greatest hits show) now after everything everyone has been through, and where we are at in our careers. What better way to get together than to play all our hits in one night, under one roof?

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"To come back to Ireland now after all the separation we've all been coping with and do our greatest hits just made sense in so many ways. It will bring back so many memories for us all individually in the band, as well as for the fans.

"Dad would be so proud to see us do this greatest hits tour, especially the shows in our hometown of Dublin where it all started. It will be a real celebration, not just for us, but for everyone connected to us. We just can't wait."

The Script will be celebrating an incredible track record that includes five UK number one albums, six billion streams, and over two million ticket sales sold around the globe since they hit the big time.

Frontman Danny O'Donoghue says: "This past year has been amazing to look back at what we've done and be super proud of it."

And Danny declared that there is a lot more to come from The Script. "We are sitting on, like, six albums worth of stuff," he said.

Danny says he has also bounced back from personal struggles in the lockdowns.

"Your mental health is the first thing that takes a nose dive," he says.

"I'm not going to lie, I was drinking, I had Deliveroo on redial and it could have been a mess. Then I started training really hard and that helped me turn things around."

He also revealed that he's been living with his girlfriend of two years, whose identity he had kept a secret.

"We were together eight months before lockdown and we'd only been living together for a month," Danny says. "It (lockdown) can make or break you, but it made us stronger."

• TICKETS for The Script's 2022 shows at Belfast's SSE Arena on May 15 and Dublin's 3Arena on June 14 and 15, go on sale next Friday at 9.30am.

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