‘The boys helped me change diapers!’: Westlife’s Mark Feehily reveals how he juggled his new dad and turned to his bandmates for parenting advice
Westlife’s Mark Feehily has praised his bandmates for helping him adjust to life as a working dad.
The singer, 40, welcomed daughter Layla with fiancé Cailean O’Neill in October 2019 and was keen to be a hands-on father and take his daughter to work.
While the group was busy promoting their album, it was all hands on deck, with Mark explaining that Shane Filan, Kian Egan and Nicky Byrne would all help out.
Thrown in the deep end! Westlife’s Mark Feehily has praised his bandmates for helping him adjust to life as a working dad
Speaking on The One Show, Mark revealed that he approached the group – all of which have children of their own – for parenting advice.
Mark recalled, “They gave me a lot of advice before she was born. And not too soon after she was born, we were in the process of being promoted since we released our last album.
“So they helped me change diapers, warm up her bottle, they were fantastic!”
Now, however, Mark faces a new challenge: to make his first tour as a father.
Loving Dad: The singer, 40, welcomed daughter Layla with fiancé Cailean O’Neill in October 2019 and was keen to be a hands-on dad, bringing his daughter to work with him
During a performance on Thursday’s Loose Women, he mused, ‘It’s going to be very different, I think there will be a lot more early mornings and a lot less late nights.
‘Layla wasn’t born the last time we were on tour, she was born just after.
‘We were getting ready for her arrival while all the last performances were taking place, but all the boys had their kids on that tour.
‘It was so nice to go into the catering area every night and we sat at this huge table with all the kids, and sat back and let them entertain us.’
Fantastic Four: While the group was in the process of promoting their album, it was all hands on deck, with Mark explaining that Shane Filan, Kian Egan and Nicky Byrne would all be in
He continued: ‘I am happy to be 40 years old and to be that fatherly figure and that I just let the kids enjoy themselves behind the scenes.
‘The kids formed their own band backstage and they gave us gigs.’
He continued: ‘Wembley, Layla will be almost two, by the time we actually go on tour she will be two, two and a half. I think she will love it, she loves music. ‘
Westlife rose to fame in 1998 when they were founded in Dublin, with Brian McFadden in the original line-up who later left in 2004.
The group broke the hearts of fans around the world when they announced plans to part ways in 2012, before embarking on their respective solo careers over the years, before reuniting in 2019 with their hit Hello My Love. .
Now the band is busier than ever and will take the stage at Wembley Stadium this summer – making them the first major act to perform at the iconic venue in two years.
The concerts will take place on August 21 and 22, with support from All Saints and James Morrison on the first night and All Saints & Anne-Marie on the second. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 26, 2021 at 10:00 AM on LiveNation.co.uk.
The next 18 months will be the band’s busiest, including a new album, sold-out stadium shows – with a first show at Wembley Stadium – plus their biggest worldwide tour ever, including their very first US shows.
Way back: Westlife rose to fame in 1998 when they were founded in Dublin, with Brian McFadden in the original line-up, who later left in 2004 (photo in 2000)