After months of rumours and years of pleading from fans, the band are reuniting.
The Irish band, comprised of Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan, pictured, have recorded a new album and will head out on a huge stadium and arena tour next year.
Announcing their comeback, Shane said: “We genuinely missed each other and missed the buzz of performing on stage together to all our fans.
“We still have a lot that we want to achieve as a band and we want to bring our new music to fans all over the world.”
Nicky added: “While we were away, we realised what Westlife really meant to the fans — and to us.”
They have signed a new deal with Universal six years after their split.
But they will return without former bandmate Brian McFadden, who quit the group in 2004 and will compete in TV’s Dancing On Ice next year.
The reunion marks the 20th anniversary of the band’s formation. Before their 2012 split they had 14 UK No1 singles, seven No1 albums and sold 55million records worldwide.
And there is clearly still massive demand for the group, more than half a decade after their final show for 82,300 fans at Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium sold out in just four minutes
Teasing what he’s looking forward to most about getting back on stage, Kian said: “This time around our children will get to enjoy Westlife and see their daddies on stage.”
I told last week, inset above, how Ed Sheeran had written a tune for the group, which is expected to be released before the end of the year as their comeback track.
Mark said: “It felt so great to be back in the studio together and hanging out with each other again. It just felt right.”
“We’re fresh, ready and so excited for this new next chapter of Westlife.”
And the fans certainly are, too.