“I followed my heart to Rochdale”
Former Westlife star Brian Mcfadden is loving his new life in the Lancashire countryside, writes PAUL MACKENZIE
As a member of Westlife, Brian Mcfadden was mobbed by adoring fans wherever he went. They were one of the most successful boybands in British musical history, touring the world, playing to sell-out crowds and selling more than 55 million records.
After releasing their first single, Swear it Again, in April 1999, they had 12 UK and Ireland number ones, including a record breaking seven top spots in a row and four number one albums.
Brian’s first two marriages were celebrity magazine dreams; to the former Atomic Kitten Kerry Katona and then to model Vogue Williams. He was also engaged to Australian singer and actor Delta Goodrem, but now Brian is leading a rather less showbizzy life in the Lancashire countryside.
He plays golf – on the day we speak he’s just won a tournament and is expecting his handicap to drop to eight – and loves spending time at home with his partner, a PE teacher at a Rochdale high school.
He and Danielle Parkinson live a quiet life in the countryside just outside the town and Brian couldn’t be happier.
‘I followed my heart to Rochdale,’ he said. ‘I came here because she was here but I can’t see us leaving Rochdale any time soon. I love it here.
‘She copes very well with it all, it doesn’t bother her. We’re just normal people. It’s different to when I was in Westlife, it’s not as manic. We’re just doing a couple of gigs a week so it’s a lot easier to live a normal life.’
The couple met through mutual friends and have been together for two years but he rubbished reports in the national press that he was planning his third wedding. ‘We have no plans to marry yet,’ he insisted.
‘We just lead a normal life, pretty much the same as everyone else. We go to work, come home, cook diner, watch television, go to the movies. Yes, people stop me and say hello or ask for photos sometimes but I don’t go out to pubs.
If we’re going out, we go somewhere quiet that we know. To be honest, though, we spend most of our time at home. When you’re travelling and on tour a lot it’s nice just to be at home.
“I have lived in major cities and there was never silence. Here it’s lovely to go to bed and hear nothing and to wake
up and just hear the birds’’
ABOVE: Brian Mcfadden performing at the O2 Academy 2, in 2013