Westlife have officially made their long-awaited return to our lives, thank the gods, but it wasn't all sunshine and rainbows back in the day for the boyband.
The band stopped by The Graham Norton Show last week to perform their brand new single, Hello My Love, but Nicky Byrne revealed some spicy drama.
According to the radio DJ and member of the group, Liam Gallagher told the band to "f*ck off" the first time they met. Ouch, someone take the lads to the burns unit STAT.
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The 40-year-old singer claimed the band flew to London in 1998 after signing a record deal, with Louis Walsh as their manager.
Byrne told Graham Norton; “So they were having a drink in a circle of people so me and one of the boys walked over and tipped them on the shoulder."
“Liam turned around and we said, 'Liam we're Louis Walsh's new band and he just went "f*** off”. So we just f****d off." The salt, it's just too real.
The group's new single is their first release in almost a decade, and it was penned by pop legend Ed Sheeran.
Hello My Love went straight to number one on the iTunes on Thursday evening, and Westlife even got a congratulatory message from ex-band member Brian McFadden, despite rumours of bad blood.
Love it! Great song great production. The boys are back! https://t.co/jbgsRV7FNv
— Brian Mcfadden (@BrianMcFadden) January 10, 2019
Hello My Love has been popular with fans, but frequently compared to Sheeran’s hit Castle On A Hill as opposed to “your typical Westlife song”.
Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan will embark on their Twenty Tour this summer, playing two huge gigs in Croke Park in July.
Kian reiterated his opinion that their fans would be “taken aback” by their new sound, according to Metro UK; “Good songs are good songs, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a Westlife song or not.”
The Twenty Tour is their fastest-selling ever, selling a whopper 400,000 tickets within 48 hours of release.