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29 March 2019, 10:13 | Updated: 12 April 2019, 09:55
Nicky Byrne is one of the most successful pop singers of all time thanks to his many hits with Westlife.
Westlife are back with new music after over half a decade away, and here's all the important facts you need to know about Nicky:
Nicky is an Irish singer, radio presenter, dancer, TV presenter and even a former professional footballer! He is best known for being a member of Westlife.
Before his music career, he played football, representing Republic of Ireland at several junior levels. He also played for Leeds United as a goalkeeper in the mid-1990s.
In 2012, he was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, being eliminated ninth. He also represented Ireland at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Sunlight', but failed to reach the final.
All three sang in a school production of Grease, alongside Derrick Lacey, Graham Keighron, and Michael Garrett. They later said that they consider this as the start of Westlife.
All six members formed a group called Six as One in 1997. They later changed their band name to IOYOU.
Louis Walsh, who was also the manager of Boyzone, discovered the group after he was contacted by Filan's mother Mae, but the group didn't land a BMG record deal with Simon Cowell.
Cowell told Walsh: "You are going to have to fire at least three of them. They have great voices, but they are the ugliest band I have ever seen in my life."
Three members (Lacey, Keighron and Garrett) were told to leave, and auditions were held in Dublin where Nicky and Brian McFadden were recruited.
Nicky married his teenage sweetheart Georgina Ahern in 2003, after having met when they were just 12.
Twin sons Rocco an Jay were born in 2007, and they had daughter Gia in 2013.
Nicky Byrne is the oldest Westlife member, having been on October 9, 1978.
He celebrated his 40th birthday in 2018.