Westlife singer Shane Filan has filed for bankruptcy in the UK.The pop star filed for bankruptcy in the UK which has a less onerous bankruptcy regime than the Republic of Ireland.
The Irish band have sold millions of records but Mr Filan suffered enormous losses in his country’s property crash.
In a statement, the 32-year-old said he had “worked long and hard” to tackle his debts and was devastated that his problems have come to this conclusion.
In the UK the period of bankruptcy typically lasts for a year but in the Republic of Ireland it is at least three years and more commonly 12 years.
Westlife is one of the most successful boy bands of the last decade, selling more than 44m records.The band is currently in the middle of a farewell tour and continues to fill major concert venues.