Westlife member to 'stand down from all touring' amid health issues

Mark Feehily said it was with 'upmost regret' he was forced to temporarily stand down from performing.

Westlife singer Mark Feehily announces he will ‘temporarily stand down from all touring’ amid health issues P&J Live

Irish singer Markus Feehily has announced he will “temporarily stand down from all Westlife touring” until he has recovered from various “health challenges”.

The 43-year-old from Sligo said he had surgery in August 2020 which led to him getting “severe sepsis”.

He “became very ill” again in late 2021 before he had more surgery in May 2022 which was followed by another surgery some months after.

In a statement to Instagram, he said: “It is with the upmost level of regret that I must now temporarily stand down from all Westlife touring until a time that I have had the chance to fully recover from the turbulent journey I have been through as an individual.

“Believe me, I wish things could be different! I would like to thank you so very much for your support and understanding of me and my health over the past few years.”

He added: “To Shane (Filan), Kian (Egan) and Nicky (Byrne), I love you three and I know you’ll knock it out of the park.

“I’ll be there with you in spirit for each and every show whilst you continue to fly the Westlife flag around the world.

“To all the medical staff who held my hand and kept my spirit lifted (you know who you are!), my heartfelt thanks goes out to each and every one of you.

“I’m so devastated that I won’t be there to celebrate the upcoming concerts with you and the 3 lads.

“I hope you know and understand that I should have been there (I was so excited to be there!) and that I look forward to seeing you all again to make some more magic in the future.

“But for now, I have to make the right decision for my health and wellbeing, for my family, and for myself as a person.

“Please don’t worry.”

Bandmembers Egan, Byrne and Filan sent their well wishes to their friend and “brother”.

A statement posted to Westlife’s Instagram story said: “We would like to take this opportunity to send our brother, best friend and fellow bandmate, Mark, so many well wishes as he takes the necessary time he needs to recover.

“Mark has been so strong in continuing to show up on stage despite going through such a turbulent time with his health and we completely respect that he must now focus on getting better so he can return to the stage when he is fit and well to do so!

“In the meantime, we will continue to fly the Westlife flag higher than ever for you guys. Love Kian, Nicky and Shane.”

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