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Feehily relates to Zayn's decision
18 Apr 2015 18:06
Former Westlife star Markus Feehily empathises with Zayn Malik's decision to leave One Direction as he knows how all-consuming being in a boyband can be.
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34-year-old Feehily has said he understands why Malik (22) quit One Direction and admits that being part of a boyband is a ''weird, all-consuming lifestyle".
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Speaking to BANG Showbiz the Sligo native said: "I think this is something the One Direction lads can relate to. When you are in a boy band even on your days off, you still might get that call from the record label. It's weird, you live in a bubble and you are never truly off. You are never away from it.''
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Feehily also revealed that his first days away from Westlife - who parted ways in 2012 - allowed him the chance to think for himself and make his own plans for the first time in years.
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He said: ''For me at the end of Westlife I was a bit confused. I needed to come away from all of this and find out what I am able to do by myself and what kind of person I am. I needed to be in my own head ... instead my life was scheduled by someone for 14 years in a record label. I wanted to find out what would I do if nobody told me what to do.
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''That is very much what the last few years had been about.''
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Feehily will join Brendan O'Connor on The Saturday Night Show tonight, RTÉ One at 9.45pm
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