Former Westlife singer Mark Feehily has said he respects his boyfriend's lack of interest in attending red carpet events with him as he is "quite a private guy" and has no interest in being in "the limelight".

The 37-year-old explained that it is "really nice" that his partner has no interest in that side of his life, as he knows he is just interested in him, and not the publicity.

"He's quite a private guy, he stays away from the limelight. He's a really fun guy but he's not in the music or entertainment scene but he doesn't like the red carpet," Feehily told Bang Showbiz.

"Like, I went to the EMAs the other night and he didn't want to come because he's happy to do his thing and let me do my thing when it comes to work. I've managed to get him to one or two events. But I think that's quite important to us and it's important to me to respect that."

Former Westlife stars Shane Filan and Mark Feehily

He added, "As much as it's my decision to be on the red carpet it's his to not bother with all that, and it is really nice because there's a lot of people out there who would love to be on the red carpet with you to the point that you'd wonder if it was you or the red carpet they were after."

Feehily was previously engaged to British fashion photographer Kevin McDaid, with the spair splitting in 2011, and he has said he "dreams in the future to get married."

"I'm a traditionalist at heart and it's always gonna be one of my dreams in the future to get married – but both of us are very laid back on that front," he said.

"Sometimes people base everything on getting married but we're happy as we are at the moment with the way things are going. There's no pressure on that at the moment."