Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden can’t help their headline-grabbing antics, writes Colin Vickery
KYLE Sandilands and Brian McFadden are trouble magnets. The Australia’s Got Talent pair have an uncanny knack of making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Sandilands’ rap sheet includes being sacked from Australian Idol in 2009 after he questioned, on radio, a 14-year-old girl who claimed to have been raped.
McFadden was recently accused of promoting date rape on his single Just The Way You Are (Drunk at the Bar).
Put Sandilands and McFadden together and things get out of control.
Last month McFadden reportedly had to be restrained by Sandilands after allegedly abusing crew and passengers on a V Australia flight between Los Angeles and Sydney.
Witnesses claimed McFadden had been smoking and drinking heavily on the flight. McFadden has denied the accusations.
Today Sandilands and McFadden are sitting together at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre. Rehearsals for Australia’s Got Talent are in full swing. They clearly have a ‘‘ bromance’’ going. They riff off each other’s answers and poke fun at one another.
They have also been there to support each other through relationship break-ups.
Sandilands’ marriage to singer Tamara Jaber collapsed in July. Two weeks ago, McFadden split with Aussie singer Delta Goodrem.
‘‘ We’re double trouble,’’ Sandilands says.
The pair, judges on Australia’s Got Talent, met in 2000 when McFadden’s boy band Westlife came to Australia.
‘‘ We did this radio interview and it was so much fun — not like work at all,’’ McFadden recalls. ‘‘ He was the only thing I remembered from the trip.’’
They met again when McFadden romanced Goodrem, a friend of Sandilands and Jaber.
‘‘ I’d see him on and off a couple of times a year with ‘ D’ (Sandilands’ nickname for Goodrem), and when it became obvious it was a longterm relationship and we all lived in the same suburb, that was it,’’ Sandilands says.
‘‘ The rest is history,’’ McFadden chips in.
‘‘ Then we became closer than we were with the girls — not in a sexual way,’’ Sandilands says with a laugh. ‘‘ The girls used to tease us about our ‘ bromance’.
‘‘ We both have Sydney and Los Angeles homes, so we try and trek around with each other.
‘‘ He’s taken me to London to see Buckingham Palace because I’m a bit obsessed with the Queen.
‘‘ We have a lot of common interests. We do business together, go on holidays together. We travel together a lot,’’ Sandilands says.
At their worst, Sandilands says he and McFadden could be ‘‘ dumb and dumber’’ — something with which V Australia passengers would surely agree.
‘‘ Especially lately, people are thinking, ‘ Look at these two clowns rolling into town on the plane causing trouble’, but all of that stuff was a big exaggeration,’’ Sandilands says.
‘‘ We’re the same when we’re separate, but when we’re together you notice it more because there’s two of us,’’ McFadden says.
Dannii Minogue says judging Australia’s Got Talent with Sandilands and McFadden is a world away from the Red Symons/Tom Burlinson combo.
‘‘ These two definitely have a bond,’’ Minogue says. ‘‘ I think it’s great. It actually makes it more comfortable for me.’’
The friendship is even more important now that Sandilands and McFadden are single.
A week ago, McFadden went on a birthday bender with Sandilands at Melbourne’s Boutique nightclub.
Recent reports have suggested McFadden will split his time between England and Australia to spend more time with his daughters Molly and Lilly-Sue.
McFADDEN is reportedly set for a secret summit with ex-wife (former Atomic Kitten singer) Kerry Katona.
‘‘ When he was with Delta, Brian could only get back to the UK a couple of times a year. Though he kept in touch every day, he felt he was missing out on their upbringing,’’ a source says.
‘‘ The way Brian sees it now is if he isn’t in a full-on relationship, then he has far more time to dedicate himself totally to the girls.’’
Sandilands says he and Jaber still get along very well, but ‘‘ I’m single now, so I can do what I please’’.
Whatever the future holds for Sandilands and McFadden, one thing is certain — their ‘‘ bromance’’ will last.
‘‘ He’s a larrikin and so am I,’’ Sandilands says. ‘‘ Larrikins usually unite.’’ Australia’s Got Talent returns on Channel 7 on May 3
Talented team: Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden.