Kian Egan, inspired by the Backstreet Boys, overcame childhood bullying to join Westlife

At the age of 43, Kian Egan (Westlife) has a remarkably successful career and a happy family with 3 children.

Kian Egan doesn’t have many solo parts in Westlife, but he is an important and irreplaceable member. Who would have thought that Kian used to pursue rock music and was a real star in the region before joining Westlife. Besides his successful career and happy family life, Kian Egan is also notable for his unexpected relationship with… Shane Filan.

Kian Egan: Vượt tuổi thơ bị bắt nạt, gia nhập Westlife vì Backstreet Boys cho đến mối quan hệ đặc biệt với Shane Filan - Ảnh 2.

Was bullied because he was a hot boy in school and attracted a lot of girls

Ever since he was in school, Kian Egan has been an outstanding student thanks to his bright appearance and singing talent. The male singer was given a role in the school musical and won a national recitation award. Kian’s performance of playing and singing the song Wonderful Tonight made the girls around him “fall head over heels” for him.

Up to middle school, Kian Egan was passionate about rock music, he was inspired by famous bands such as Metallica, Guns N’Roses, Bon Jovi, Green Day, Pearl Jam. Kian’s father bought him an electric guitar for 300 pounds (about 9 million VND) and from then on, the male singer diligently practiced music. Thanks to his skillful guitar playing skills, Kian Egan joined local rock bands and had his own fan base.

Kian Egan: Vượt tuổi thơ bị bắt nạt, gia nhập Westlife vì Backstreet Boys cho đến mối quan hệ đặc biệt với Shane Filan - Ảnh 3.
Kian Egan was a famous hot boy in the area during his school days

Kian Egan: Vượt tuổi thơ bị bắt nạt, gia nhập Westlife vì Backstreet Boys cho đến mối quan hệ đặc biệt với Shane Filan - Ảnh 4.
Famous rock bands are Kian Egan’s idols. He practiced hard with the dream of becoming a star like them

But because he was so prominent, the Westlife member became a victim of school violence. Many boys his age were not satisfied with the fact that girls idolized Kian, so they tried to bully and beat him. The male singer said it was a dark time in his life. After 3 years of suffering, Kian fought back and was able to escape being beaten.

Joined Westlife thanks to… Backstreet Boys

Kian Egan once wanted to become a rock star, but a traffic accident at the age of 15 left his little finger disabled. The male singer can still play the guitar but cannot harmonize as well as before.

At this time, Shane Filan and Mark invited Kian Egan to join their band, the forerunner of Westlife. This band is oriented towards pursuing Pop music, so at first Kian was very surprised and refused to participate: “Are you going to tell me to give up my rock career? I’m in 3 rock groups already. I I’m the lead guitarist and main vocalist. I can’t join your group.”

But then the Backstreet Boys’ pop tunes made Kian Egan think again. He suddenly realized that Pop music was not bad and agreed to join Shane and Mark’s band. The male singer quickly joined his friends, forming the group IOYOU to perform locally.

Kian Egan: Vượt tuổi thơ bị bắt nạt, gia nhập Westlife vì Backstreet Boys cho đến mối quan hệ đặc biệt với Shane Filan - Ảnh 5.


Backstreet Boys’ music inspired…

Kian Egan: Vượt tuổi thơ bị bắt nạt, gia nhập Westlife vì Backstreet Boys cho đến mối quan hệ đặc biệt với Shane Filan - Ảnh 6.
… for Kian Egan to join IOYOU (Westlife)

Later, boss Louis Walsh retained 3 members Shane Filan, Mark Feehily and Kian Egan, and recruited 2 new members Nicky Byrne and Brian McFadden to complete the Westlife squad. Westlife had the opportunity to perform as the opening act for Backstreet Boys’ concert in Ireland in 1998.

Unexpected relationship with… Shane Filan

Many fans know Shane Filan and Kian Egan as close friends from their school days until today. But few people know that in reality, Kian Egan is also… Shane Filan’s brother-in-law.

Specifically, Kian Egan is the cousin of Gillian Walsh – childhood girlfriend and later wife of Shane Filan. Through Kian, Shane has known and dated Gillian Walsh since childhood. She was the inspiration for Shane to write Together Girl Forever – the debut song of IOYOU (Westlife’s predecessor).

Kian Egan: Vượt tuổi thơ bị bắt nạt, gia nhập Westlife vì Backstreet Boys cho đến mối quan hệ đặc biệt với Shane Filan - Ảnh 7.
Kian – Shane are not only close friends, but also relatives

Kian Egan: Vượt tuổi thơ bị bắt nạt, gia nhập Westlife vì Backstreet Boys cho đến mối quan hệ đặc biệt với Shane Filan - Ảnh 8.

Shane’s wife is Kian’s cousin

A remarkable solo career and a happy married life

Kian Egan doesn’t have much acting space in Westlife, but that doesn’t mean he’s incompetent. After Westlife temporarily disbanded, Kian immediately released 2 solo albums and received love from everyone audiences. He is also a judge on the show The Voice Ireland, MC of many shows such as X Factor, This Morning…

Kian Egan: Vượt tuổi thơ bị bắt nạt, gia nhập Westlife vì Backstreet Boys cho đến mối quan hệ đặc biệt với Shane Filan - Ảnh 9.
Kian “burned out” with his passion for rock music after going solo

Kian Egan married actress 3 years younger than Jodi Albert in 2009. In fact, they met and liked each other since Kian was 19 years old and Jodi was 16 years old. But because of busy careers, the couple could not get together at that time. It wasn’t until later that Kian and Jodi realized they were the love of each other’s life and couldn’t miss each other anymore. The famous entertainment couple got married in 2009 and are currently living happily together with their three sons.

Kian Egan: Vượt tuổi thơ bị bắt nạt, gia nhập Westlife vì Backstreet Boys cho đến mối quan hệ đặc biệt với Shane Filan - Ảnh 10.
Family is the most important thing to the male singer

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