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WESTLIFE last week con­firmed that they will reunite, fol­low­ing weeks of spec­u­la­tion.

They shared a short video on their Face­book page where they all sat down be­side each other and shook hands be­fore turn­ing to the cam­era and say­ing: “Hi, we’re Westlife.”

Writ­ing ap­peared on the screen, read­ing: “Westlife. New mu­sic. New tour. Com­ing soon.”

An in­sider close to the group con- firmed the ru­mours that they will per­form at Croke Park next year, with a per­for­mance ten­ta­tively sched­uled for July.

They are said to have al­ready got­ten to work on record­ing new mu­sic and have en­listed singer-song­writer Ed Sheeran to pen some of their up­com­ing songs.

“Westlife have mil­lions of fans all over the world so it was re­ally a no-brainer for the boys that they would get back to­gether one day,” a source told in­de­pen­dent.ie.

“They’ve kept quiet on the spec­u­la­tion for the last few days but de­cided now was the right time to let their fans know they’re com­ing back.”

2FM is­sued a state­ment fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment con­firm­ing that Nicky Byrne will be leav­ing his ra­dio show, The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene.

“Nicky had made sta­tion man­age­ment aware a num­ber of months ago about a po­ten­tial Westlife re­union and the an­nounce­ment on so­cial me­dia tonight,” it reads.

“This is a hugely ex­cit­ing time for Nicky, the boys and the huge Westlife fol­low­ing.

“2FM will an­nounce its plans in the new year,” it con­cluded, adding that it will be “busi­ness as usual” in the mean­time.

Nicky Byrne, Shane Fi­lan, Kian Egan and Mark Fee­hily will all re­turn while for­mer band­mate Brian Mc­Fad­den will not be part of the re­union af­ter he quit the group in 2004.

Their fi­nal al­bum, Grav­ity, was re­leased in 2010.

There has been spec­u­la­tion for years about a pos­si­ble re­union for Westlife, with band mem­bers and Louis Walsh adding fuel to the fire by ex­press­ing their de­sire to see a re­union hap­pen even­tu­ally.

Westlife were one of the most pop­u­lar bands in the world, a fan­base that they have largely re­tained even since their split.

Nicky re­cently sent fans into a frenzy when they shared a picture to­gether when Nicky vis­ited Kian.

Dates for the re­lease of new mu­sic and for their tour will be con­firmed at a later date.

Mayor, Ros­aleen O’ Grady with Westlife at the town Hall, Sligo, in 2000

The boys meet Queen Elizabeth in 1999. PA Photo: David Jones

Westlife are back.

Band mem­bers Brian Mc­Fad­den, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Fee­hily and Shane Fi­lan in 1999.Top left: Westlife in con­cert.

Prior to the band’s split.

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