Westlife decided to split because it "wasn't special any more"

Westlife members, who are set to split after 14 years, have revealed that they took the decision as they felt being in the band had stopped feeling "special".

The 'Flying Without Wings' hitmakers will split when they complete a final farewell tour this summer and while they are upset about going their separate ways, they think it was the right thing to do.

"It felt like it wasn't special any more, not like it used to be. For the fans it's slightly different but for us it's been like, 'Are we getting better? Are we getting worse? Are we getting to the stage where we aren't enjoying it?' It is half our life," Contactmusic quoted Shane Filan as saying.

"None of us want to let it go and all of us will be crying come June [when the tour ends], but it's time," he said.

"We never wanted to fall down and just be one of those bands that released records all the time, which we felt we were starting to do. And it felt like, 'You know what, lads? We're OK - we've done a lot!'" Nicky Byrne said.

The group also revealed that they enjoyed their recent trip to Asia much more because they were relaxed knowing they were about to announce that they are going their separate ways.

"I shouldn't say it but before we went on tour to Asia, we knew what was going to happen. We knew it was our last tour in Asia and when we came back we were going to release the news, so Asia's probably the best trip we've had in years!" Kian Egan said.

"It was like going away with your four mates on the p**s. It was a fairytale moment," he added. "It's probably been brewing for a good year, as we knew we were coming to the 'Greatest Hits' album and the end of our contracts.

"We'd all been sitting down and talking about the pressure and the stress of trying to make the record and get it right," Shane Filan added.

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