Nicky recently sat with The Weekend Magazine to reflect on his life and share some lessons he’s had along the way. It’s a very nice article, and it only makes me a prouder fan, so definitely check it out!
Massive thank you Kian Egan Web for sending the scans – click no them to full feature. Here are some of the highlights:
Nicky on his Family and becoming a dad.
“A young man always hopes that he’ll be lucky enough to become a dad. It was life-changing for me and I love it. I was always responsible, but we suddenly had to put the kids before ourselves and everything became about them.”
Nicky on his Football days.
“Playing football for Ireland as a teenager was amazing and it taught me an awful lot. You have to learn to lose as well as win. Everyone threw a big going-away party for me when I signed for Leeds United as a teenager, but I was back home within three years and I felt like a failure. That was probably one of the biggest challenges I’ve had in life.”
Nicky on what his parents taught him.
My dad taught me always to concentrate on the things you love. He told me to be honest with him and he would always have my back, and never to bring the Gardaí to the door. He also taught me that everything is mind over matter. My mam, Yvonne, taught me to be a human being and a gentleman. My sister Gillian, brother Adam and I were brought up in a very loving environment, and hopefully we have all served our parents well.
Nicky is on the latest cover of RTÉ Guide Magazine, and he looks amazing (then again, doesn’t he always?) 😉 Make sure you get a copy!
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He revealed he that missed being in the spotlight when Westlife came to an end.
“Only a chosen few get the opportunity to be in that position and I am very lucky to be among their number,” he told the RTE Guide. “We had 14 years and when it stopped, I didn’t miss it initially but after a while I did. It is like when a footballer or boxer who, when it all goes, looks back and thinks ‘Jeez I didn’t realise what I had’,” he explained.
Nicky is focussed on getting into the finals of the Eurovision this month.
“If I were to win the Song Contest that would be the biggest professional achievement of my life,” he admitted.
He also mentioned that his wife, Georgina, is his soulmate:
“We got together when we were 16 and now here we are three children later,” he said. “She is my soulmate: there is no other way of putting it. I am a family man first and foremost. I think it is simply down to how I was brought up,” he explained.
Gay Times Magazine caught up with Nicky last Sunday. He talked about how much he wants Ireland to qualify at Eurovision this year and what he has planned for the rest of the year! He even mentioned that Westlife’s 20th Anniversary could be a good option for a Reunion 🙂
Last week, Nicky talked to Kevin Hughes about performing in Stockholm on May 12th for Eurovision and all the millions of people tuning in from home. He also mentioned that he’d like for Louis Walsh to go back to The X-Factor next season… And how he’d like to be their upcoming host 😉 Not a bad idea!
Kian Egan was interviewed on today’s The Nicky Byrne Show! He talked about The Voice Of Ireland, his upcoming projects, Jodi Albert’s boutique in Sligo, surfing, and a few other things. Even if it was just a phone call, it was nice to listen to Nicky and Kian catch up… Just like old times 🙂 Listen back here:
Don’t miss The Voice Of Ireland and support Team Kian every Sunday at 6:30pm on RTÉ One.
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At one point, HP couldn’t help but notice him chatting with Gavin James, just 24 hours before he supports Ed Sheeran at Croke Park. Was the Westlife man doling out a bit of advice?
“It didn’t come up, actually,” Nicky laughed. “I don’t think I could describe it anyway. The first couple of minutes when you go on stage are insane. You can’t hear anything. You can’t even breathe, never mind sing. Your mouth dries up. It’s just a wall of noise, a cauldron.”
Westlife capped their career with a pair of dates at HQ – unsurprisingly, they’re stand-out memories in Byrne’s mind.
“It was an amazing way to finish. It was weird though; you knew you were going to wake up the following morning unemployed! You were never going to do that again, but what memories.”
And a new chapter of his musical career is just around the corner too; Byrne confirmed that a solo album is progressing very nicely indeed.
“I’ve been co-writing with Wayne Hector,” he reports. “He wrote ‘Flying Without Wings’, and he’s worked with Nicki Minaj and One Direction too. I’ve literally squeezed it in after radio on the days that I could. I obviously had the TV show too; this explains why it took so long, if I’m honest!”
But there’s no fear of Byrne jacking in his 2fm gig; “I couldn’t,” he smiled. “I just love it too much.”
Nicky Byrne has revealed he suffered from cripplingly low self-esteem in his boyband days due to Louis Walsh mocking his teeth.
The former Westlife star admitted the pop guru’s jibes got to him and eventually made him get braces to improve his appearance.
While the 36-year-old tried not to care about his appearance – being in the public eye forced him to be self-conscious.
It’s a very blokey thing to not be concerned about your appearance, but I think we all care deep down,” he said.
“You’re in a boyband, you’re going to be vain. But I remember the early days…my teeth were all over the place.”
“Louis used to always say to me, ‘You’ve got to get your teeth done, you’ve got to get your teeth done,’” he told Good Morning Britain.
“I suppose that resonated with me then and I went and got a brace.”
Nicky divulged that seeing himself on TV and on the covers of magazines didn’t help in improving his self-image.
“In those kind of crazy Westlife years, it is something that you can’t avoid,” he said.
“You see yourself everywhere on magazine covers, on TV regularly and then you know you kind of think, ‘I need to do that, I need to change, I need to train a little bit.”
While he may have found the pressure to look good in Westlife difficult, Nicky previously told Goss.ie he would “never say never” to a reunion.