Boyzlife singer Brian Mcfadden chats about his perfect Christmas Day, his new band, and reveals he once tried Botox
It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two decades since Brian Mcfadden shot to fame in Irish boy band Westlife. But while partying was the order of the day back then, Brian’s more likely to be carried away by his passion for golf these days. and he admits he’ll even be out playing on Christmas Day! after quitting Westlife in 2004, Brian enjoyed a solo career, as well as branching out into TV. He spent three years as a judge on Australia’s Got Talent and also took part in 2016’s
The Jump. now he’s returned to his first love, joining forces with Boyzone singer Keith Duffy to form Boyzlife. Brian, 37, lives in Rochdale, Lancashire, with his girlfriend, PE teacher Danielle Parkinson. He talks to us about friendships, falling in love and his plans for the festive season…
‘I like Christmas to be absolutely over the top!
I even like the TV commercials, they get me buzzing for it. I love the tree to be full of decorations, snow on the windows, and Santa Claus and a reindeer in the garden. I really enjoy buying presents for my kids and my family and I always love listening to Now That’s What I Call Christmas – I start listening to it in November!’
‘When it comes to presentbuying, I’m an early planner.
I’ll see something and think, “That’ll be good for Christmas,” and buy it and then try to hide it somewhere. That doesn’t work with my daughters though, because teenage girls change their minds every five minutes, so I usually leave them until the last minute.’
‘Keith Duffy is my best mate and we do everything together.
Even when we’re not gigging, we’re playing golf, or going to the gym, or for a pint. We were always friends, but since Boyzlife we’ve become like brothers.’
‘There was lots of drinking in Westlife but there weren’t lots of girls.
We were very young and Louis Walsh, our manager, is so protective of all his acts. So it was quite hard to even chat up girls. We came straight out of school into the band and we were buying houses, getting married, having children. All the things that most people wouldn’t start thinking about until their mid-20s, we were doing at 18.’
‘This year I’m spending Christmas with my girlfriend Danielle in Lancashire.
We’ve been together more than a year and we’re living together; you can’t get more serious than that. We clicked and quickly got very close. Every other year I spend Christmas with my daughters at my mum and dad’s in Ireland. This year they’re with their mum [Kerry Katona].’
‘I like a person for who they are, not what they do, or where they
I met my girlfriend at a golf day – she is the best friend of my friend’s girlfriend. The fact that she’s not in the public eye means we get some privacy – I like that we get left alone. She’s my best mate – we like a lot of the same things. I’d love to have more kids one day, particularly a son, so I can start him playing golf and football very young and live my dreams through him!’
‘I had Botox once. I had a little above my eyes, but my face wouldn’t move – I’m never doing that again.
A friend of mine was getting it done, so I gave it a go. I looked weird. Yes, the wrinkles had gone from my forehead, but I looked like some of these people that I see in The Only Way
is Essex and they kind of look like a melted candle. So no more Botox for me! I’m going to try to age gracefully now.’
‘I’m going to age gracefully’
‘I changed my name from Brian to Bryan when I was in Westlife because my autograph was taking too long.
It was a stupid decision made when I was 18. I kept having to explain it and I just looked like an idiot, so when I left Westlife I changed it back. Since camera phones came out, no one wants an autograph – selfies have taken over.’
‘You won’t find me anywhere near the kitchen on Christmas Day.
I grew up in an Irish family and you’re not allowed near the kitchen until the dinner is ready, although I did use to sneak in and eat things when they were raw! I’m a rubbish cook – I can make scrambled eggs and that’s about it. That’s because I grew up with my mum doing everything. I love Christmas dinner – I’ll eat turkey, stuffing, Brussels sprouts, roast potatoes, mashed potato, carrots, parsnips, trifle and Christmas pudding with cream. Then I’m in a coma on the couch watching Home Alone!’