Former Westlife manager Louis Walsh has opened up about Brian McFadden’s split from wife Vogue Williams, claiming that "they’re much better off apart."

"It’s always sad when a couple breaks up," he told The Irish Mirror. "I know both Brian and Vogue very well and I’ve great time for them. But to be honest, when a marriage isn’t working, then it’s better to call it quits."

"This hasn’t come as a surprise to people who know them," he added.

McFadden and Williams tied the knot in a lavish Tuscan ceremony in Italy in September 2012, and recently bought a house in Howth, Co. Dublin together.

Brian McFadden and Vogue Williams