Boyzone have insisted that they don't see One Direction as rivals because their music and fanbase are so different.
Shane Lynch told Dubai's Ahlan! magazine: "One Direction are 20 years younger than we are and I hope they're still around in 20 years' time, but our fans are very different to theirs. Boyzone have an incredible fanbase which is built on a foundation, a solid rock."
The 37-year-old singer continued: "We don't compete with any of those youngsters any more for number ones. We're a bunch of 40-year-old men and that's reflected in our music. It's more grown-up now and on our new album we have a sound we are proud of that reflects where we are today."