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Westlife have just released a brand new single called Hello My Love, and naturally fans have damn near lost their sanity over it.

The boyband are set to release their first album since 2010's Gravity, and The Twenty Tour is already the group's fastest selling tour of all time.

Mark, Shane, Nicky and Kian will play massive Croke Park dates in July, which has fans ecstatic in expectation.

An INSANE 400,000 tickets were sold in just 48 hours, so you can bet on their new single being played on the radio pretty much 24 hours a day from now on.

Their new tune, Hello My Love, was written by renowned pop hitmakers Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, so it's bound to be a successful chart-topper.

However, one perceptive Twitter user named Aifric noticed the peculiar lyrics about hair which are featured in the song, and now we're confused.

In case you've been living under a sizeable rock and have missed the furore, the semi-romantic lyrics are;

"'Cause you could have someone without a belly or a temper, perfect teeth, hair growing where's meant to…"

Hair growing where it's meant to? 

Aifric commented; "the lyrics to the new Westlife song are…grim," pointing out the strangeness of body hair being featured in a supposed love song.

What exactly is the definition of 'hair growing where it's meant to'? We're fairly sure that all hair grows where it's meant to, it's called EVOLUTION lads. Look it up.

We genuinely hadn't noticed the lyrics, we were too busy blasting the tune and wrangling randomers online to try and get a Croke Park ticket, but now we're investigating the song for science purposes only.

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*Strokes beard thoughfully*

Seeing as we're an extremely balanced source, we decided to search for other Westlife fans (or foes) who have expressed opinions on the lyrics.

One Twitter user @ghoulenaloops, wrote that the lyrics go straight to the heart, proclaiming; "That's LOVE'. Alright then, if you say so.

Some fans don't have any issue with the lyrcs, it seems. Maybe the boys meant it in a 'this girl is far too good for me' way?

After all, the chorus suggests that the writer of the song emphasises that his lady is so perfect, that he's punching far above his weight.

"Hello, my love, I've been searching for someone like you for most of my life, happiness ain't a thing I'm used to. You could have fallen hard for anyone, plenty of fish in the sea…
For all of time, now I know, It's just my angel and me."

The boyband essentially specialise in ballads and pop songs revolving around a (female) love interest, but this tune kind of implies that the lad is insecure AF.

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Twitter had some more…interesting… reactions, mainly from fans who choose to ignore the eccentric lyrics out of sheer dedication to the band.

Others hilariously commented on the fact that any decent assumptions which were made about the physique of the Westlife lads were being steadily shattered;

@Wendybird1 wrote that the lyric is, heaven forbid, ruining illusions about Shane Filan's 'perfect body'. The poor woman must be devastated.

Another fan with a 'wee soft spot' for the musical foursome commented that the lads are…*gasp* 'SCRAPING THE BARREL with these lyrics. Ouch, that one hurt.

Typically, society tells men that hair growing in the 'wrong' place translates to back hair, nostril hair and even hair sprouting out of ears.

If we fight back against the patriarchy controlling women's body hair (anyone who has experienced a Hollywood wax knows the PAIN), shouldn't we encourage men to embrace their bodies in their natural state?

im so real i didnt even wax tichina arnold GIF by VH1s Daytime Divas

Society shouldn't have any say in an individual's body and its preference of hair, but perhaps Westlife like a bit of male grooming?

Manscaping has become a major trend for men in recent years, which is essentially the equivalent of a bikini wax.

However, some ladies love a hairier man. Everyone has their own styles and preferences, who are we to define them?

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What are your thoughts on the lyrics, innocent male insecurity or just plain body-shaming?

Give us your receipts, our scientific investigation on the mane matter rages on…

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Black Friday might still be a few days, but with so many stores already offering huge discounts, it's high time we start finalising our shopping lists. 

From winter coats and make-up sets to dinner-for-two and stylish tech, there really is something for everyone. 

So, whether you're on the hunt for the perfect Christmas gift, or just fancy treating yourself after a long, hard 12 months, make sure to take advantage of the sale of the year. 

Here's a round up of just some of the products on offer this week. 

Beauty

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Beauty Skincare – 10 per cent off with discount code: BLACKFRIDAY

Inglot – Up to 20 per cent off selected sets in store and online Monday 20 – Sunday 26

Spotlight Whitening – 25 per cent off all products and a FREE gift when you spend over €50

Beauty Features – 15 per cent off with discount code: BLACKFRIDAY

 

Fashion 

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Debenhams – 50 per cent off all Women's Mantaray Clothing

Debenhams – 50 per cent off selected women's boots

De Bláca jewllery – 40 per cent off entire orders using code: Blackfriday

Gym Coffee – Buy a hoodie, get a beanie free

Lifestyle 

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Morrison Hotel – Special offers available Wednesday 22 – Monday 27 November

The Helix Pantomine – Tickets €14 with code: BLACKFRIDAY

Ryanair – Special offers all week 

The Beast Dublin – Buy two tickets get one free

Electronics 

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Lidl – HP Laptop was €329 now €229

Debenhams – Oral B electric toothbrush was €365 now €182

Harvey Norman – iPad Wi-Fi was €419 now €377

Lidl – Cannon Powershot camera was €249 now €149

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For the diligent few – Black Friday kicked off at 12 midnight. But others looking to get in on the discounted shopping action should not lose hope just yet. 

That's because most of the really great sales are running until at least 12am tonight.

Here are more than 50 discount codes to put to good use today if you're based in Ireland. 

Enjoy!

Debenhams – Up to 50% off. 
Marks and Spencer – Up to 50% off Black Friday Special PLUS €20 Discount Code
M and M Direct – Black Friday Deals throughout day
ClickandGo.com – Secret Holiday Discount Code – Black Friday Special
Baker Ross – 20% Discount Code
Snapfish – 50% and 70% Discount Codes
Sports Direct – Free €12 Voucher
Holland & Barretts – Up to 20% Discount depending on min spend
Easons – 14% Discount Code (even on 3 for 2)
GAP – 40% Discount Code
Dorothy Perkins – Up to 50% Off Everything PLUS Free Delivery Code
New Look  – Black Friday Weekend – Up to 50% Off
Currys – Black Tag Event PLUS 10% Discount Code
The Book People – Black Friday Sale PLUS 10% Discount Code
Pretty Little Things – Up to 50% Off
Zooplus.ie – 10% Discount Code
HMV – Amazing Black Friday Deals including Friends DVD Box Set 1-10 for €40
ASOS – 20% Discount Code
Life Style Sports – 15% Off EVERYTHING
Smyths – Black Friday Deals – Up to 50% Off 
Hassle Dublin – 50% Off your next Dublin Cleaner Discount Code
Fields – 20% Discount on EVERYTHING for Black Friday
L'Occitane – Free 5 Piece Hand Cream Collection worth €39 
Boden – 30% Discount Code 
Expedia – 12% Discount Code and an €80 Discount Code
Hotels.com – 60% Sale PLUS 10% Discount Code
Argos – Black Friday Deals while stocks last
Moss Bros Ireland- 20% Discount Code
Lenovo – Save up to €250
Slendertone – 20% Discount Code
Yours Clothing – Up to 50% Off
P&O Ferries – 20% Discount Code
NIKE Store – EXTRA 30% Discount Code
My Protein Ireland – 70% Off Everything PLUS an EXTRA 10% Discount Code
Groupon – 25% Discount Code
Woolovers Ireland – 20% Discount Code
SKY – FREE 32" TV
Falcon Holiday – €70 Discount Code
Crocs – 30% Discount Code
Charles Trywhitt – 15% Discount Code AND Free Delivery
Office Shoes – 20% Discount Code
Holland & Barrett – Save over 50% in Black Ticket Event
La Redoute – 40% Discount Code
DELL – 12% Discount Code
EireTyres – 5% Discount Code
Pregnancyandbaby.ie – 15% Discount Code
Schuh – 40% Discount 
365tickets.ie – 25% off EPIC Ireland Tickets plus other great deals
inHealth – 15% Discount Code
The Protein Works – 28% Discount Code
BeautyFeatures – 15% Discount Code
Gifts.ie – 10% Discount Code

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While we may not celebrate Thanksgiving on this side of the pond, one American tradition that we have embarked whole heartedly is Black Friday

This American import is hallmarked by a weekend of slashed prices and flash sales, ideal for getting a few bargains right before Christmas.

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While Black Friday is traditionally associated with hoards of shoppers dragging giant shopping bags around and fighting for the best deal, the online shopping world has adopted their own take on the trend, called Cyber Monday.

Thankfully the shopping world knows that one day simply isn't enough, so discounts both in store and online are already available! We've put together a round up of the best deals going, see you at the (virtual) check out. 

1. All Saints

All Saints are offering their customer 30 percent off absolutely everything online using the code 'CYBERBAE.'

The online fashion hub has no end date for it's flash sale, which has already begun. 

2. Arnotts

Arnotts is giving us 20 percent off 'almost everything' from November 23 to 27.

Not just fashion focused, this Black Friday sale includes homewear, electrical goods, beauty and kids bits, no code necessary. 

3. ASOS 

Online mega brand ASOS is offering 20 percent off everything on it's site with the code 'GOGOGO.'

The sale began today and doesn't end until Tuesday. The online shop's famout outlet section is also fully stocked, with deals of up to 70 percent off. Cha-ching!

4. Boohoo

Boohoo is offering a whopping 50 percent off everything on site, but hurry, this sale ends tonight at 11pm.

 

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5. Brown Thomas

Brown Thomas is making our Christmas shopping super easy thanks to it's 'Christmas comes early' sale.

With huge brands like Michael Kors, DKNY, Mulberry, Needle & Thread, Self Portrait, UGG, Kurt Geiger, and many more in the sale at up to 20 percent, it's too tempting not to.

6. Cari's Closet

The Irish boutique is giving it's glamorous customers 20 percent off in store and online with the code 'BLACK.'

The sale ends of Cyber Monday, so if you need a special dress this party season, now is the time to buy.

7. Cloud 10 Beauty

Beauty addicts rejoice! Cloud 10 Beauty is giving 20 percent off absolutely everything from Thursday to midnight on Sunday.

The code is 'BLACK20' so get those stocking fillers at a discount while you can.

8. Debenhams

 

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Debenhams is giving us 15 percent off all fragrances today.

The mega store is introducing different deals every day throughout the weekend, so make sure to check in everyday to see what's on offer.

9. French Connection

French Connection is offering up to 50 percent off it's women, men and home sections. 

The sale has already started and has no specified end date (yay!) so prepare to shop 'till you drop.

10. House of Fraser

House of Fraser is also going all out for Black Friday and is offering up to 50 percent off women's, men's, kid's, electrical and beauty.

There's no code and, like French Connection, this sale has no end date. 

11. iClothing

Irish fashion retailer iClothing has some amazing deals this weekend. 

The site is offering different deals everyday, between 30-60 percent off. You've got to love a high quality bargain. 

12. Missguided

 

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The go-to site for party wear, Missguided is going all out this Cyber weekend and offering 30 percent off all it's party dresses.

The code is 'HOTAF' and it's available today only! Use the code 'MGCHILL' to get a 30 percent discount on their 'winter warmers' section too!

13. Office

Office has got a wonderful deal this Cyber weekend with it's code 'WONDER.'

The 20 percent off sale is in store and online and has already begun.

14. Pretty Little Thing

Pretty Little Thing is giving us serious FOMO with it's 50 percent off everything sale. 

If you're lusting after some new party heels or a stunning sequin dress, act fast, the sale ends tonight at 11pm. 

15. Public Desire

Public Desire is offering 20 percent off everything this Cyber weekend, including their collaborative collection with model-of-the-moment Hailey Baldwin.

The footwear and accessories site has no end date for it's sale so far. 

16. Ray Ban

While we might not have seen the sun for weeks, a pair of Ray Bans is always a good investment.

And at 30 percent off until Monday, why not nab a pair to see you through next summer. 

17. River Island 

High street haven River Island is offering 20 percent off online for Black Friday only. 

The code is 'BFRIDAY16' so fill your basket and get shopping. 

18. Topshop

Topshop is giving shoppers a massive 50 percent off in store and online.

No code necessary, just head to their site before Monday.

19. Zara Home

While we love Zara and all of it's trendy tidbits,  the high street store's home wear section is the perfect place to find thoughtful Christmas gifts.

The Black Friday sale if giving interior enthusiasts 20 percent off for Friday only. 

20. & Other Stories

Finally, & Other Stories is coming to Dublin!

Before the cult high street store throws open it's Grafton Street doors, the fahion retailer is offering up to 50 percent off until Sunday, no code required. 

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Sales of neon-coloured clothes have been climbing ever since Queen Elizabeth II made a striking statement in neon pink and green colours at her official birthday appearances two weeks ago.

Since the events, high street retailer JD Williams has reported a 134% increase in sales of bright green clothes, with one green dress in particular selling seven times faster than usual.

A spokesperson for the store told the Telegraph: “The Queen is a great example of fashion without age limits, wearing neon brights is usually associated with 20-somethings but she has mastered the trend effortlessly.”

“Our customers are clearly cottoning on and showing that you can wear the latest trends no matter what your age.”

Bright pink clothing sales are also experiencing a boost of 107% after the Queen stepped out in a top-to-toe fuchsia ensemble – with matching pink lipstick – at the Patron’s Lunch.

And according to Marie Claire Her Majesty’s stylish efforts didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter either as minutes after making her colourful birthday entrance the tags #neonat90 and #highvishighness began to circulate.

 

At this stage the Royals are well known to be pretty powerful trend setters with Kate Middleton constantly influencing what’s considered fashionable and earlier this year even Prince George managed to sell out a bathrobe.

With being so fashion forward and all, we wonder what her Royal Highness would think of Judi Dench’s new tattoo?

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Now that Christmas is over (sob!), it's January sales time (wahey!). But like most years, you go shopping with the hope of getting major bargains BUT come home with a ridiculous amount of stuff you will either never wear or use. Oh, the wonder of a '50 per cent OFF' price tag. 

So, in order to get you ready for the shops, here's five wardrobe essentials you need to snap up this year:

1. Statement leather jacket

No matter what the season or what trends are in, a leather jacket will always be your best friend. So take advantage of the sales and nab yourself a statement leather jacket. 

 

2. The perfect LBD

The highstreet obviously go WILD selling dresses for the festive party season so this is your best chance to get the perfect little black dress at a discounted price. 

 

3. Slick runners

Runners are mega pricey at the moment since they have been a style staple in the past few years. So if you want to get your hands on the Nike's you've always wanted, now is the time to buy them at the best price. 

 

4. Party heels

A pair of heels are the perfect choice for many occasions and can add total glamour to any outfit. Search the shops for your perfect pair; you're bound to find them. 

 

5. Jeans please!

Another wardrobe essential that will do you all year round is the perfect pair of jeans. Whatever style or size, there is always LOADS to choose from come sale time. You just need to have the eye to find them! 

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