“I fol­lowed my heart to Rochdale”

Lancashire Life - - CELEBRITY INTERVIEW -

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

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