Despite years of denial and speculation, the much-anticipated Westlife reunion is said to be a “done deal” – without original member Brian McFadden.
An industry insider has told the Irish Sun on Sunday: “It’s signed, sealed and delivered and it’s definitely happening — and it absolutely does not include Brian McFadden.”
“The other guys have been lined up to return to the studio and record some new songs, and tour dates have even been organised, so it’s definitely going ahead this time.
“There’s been a lot of speculation but this time it’s a done deal and contracts have been signed.”
In a controversial move, the foursome have reportedly snubbed Simon Cowell’s Syco label for Universal – because Simon was only interested in a Westlife reunion if Brian was involved.
Just last year, Brian claimed that the four other members of Westlife turned down a deal worth €10million each from Simon to make a comeback as a five some.
A source said: “Simon wanted a Westlife reunion but only with something extra to bring fans back. That meant Brian and his unpredictability. It would give the Westlife reunion the tension it needs.”
However, the former bandmates failed to strike a deal, as one member refused to sign on because of Brian.
At the time, Brian tweeted: “Ego is destroying a full Westlife reunion but I completely understand the group see themselves as a four piece.”
Westlife last performed at their farewell shows in Croke Park in 2012, and haven’t released an album since Gravity in 2010.