Shane Steven Filan is an Irish singer and songwriter. He was one of the lead singers of Irish boy band Westlife until the group disbanded in 2012. After Westlife disbanded, Filan released his debut solo album, You and Me, in 2013.
Shane Filan's early life and family
Filan was born as Shane Steven Filan on 5 July 1979 in Sligo, the Republic of Ireland to Peter and Mae Filan and grew up there. The youngest of seven children, he has three brothers and three sisters: Finbarr, Peter Jr, Yvonne, Liam, Denise, and Mairead.
His parents owned a diner in Sligo named Carlton Café located on Castle Street and Shane used to work there as a waiter from a very early age.
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Filan attended Summerhill College, a Catholic school, with Kian Egan and Mark Feehily and all three of them participated in a school production of Grease when they were about 12.
The Hawkswell Theatre became a significant part of their careers. Filan was a fan of Michael Jackson as a child and claimed the singer inspired him to pursue a career in music.
Shane Filan's musical career
He and his eldest brother, Finbar, run Shafin Developments – a property development company.
The company was placed in receivership in May 2012 and Filan was declared bankrupt a little over a month later after suffering losses in Ireland's property crash.
Before Westlife, Egan and Feehily were with Filan in a band known as I.O.U. with other Sligonians Derrick Lacey, Graham Keighron and Michael "Miggles" Garrett. He partly wrote the IOU's song Together Girl Forever. 3 of them were dropped and the other 3, Shane, Kian and Mark, joined ventures to finding 2 more slots for the band.
Then they were joined by Nicky Byrne and Brian McFadden to form Westside. The name of the band then changed to Westlife. Filan, along with Feehily and McFadden, was the lead singer in Westlife.
Their first album was released in November 1999, titled Westlife. With Westlife, Filan has received twenty-eight platinum discs and sold 40 million records worldwide.
Shane Filan's married life and children
Shane Filan married his long-term girlfriend, Gillian Walsh whom he was dating since his childhood. The couple held their wedding on 28 December 2003 at Ballintubber Abbey, after having a romantic love affair for long.
Gillian is the cousin of a fellow band member, Kian Egan, making Filan and Egan cousins-in-law. They are having a good life and there is no sign of their divorce.
Shane Filan's children
They have three children: daughter named Nicole Rose (born on 23 July 2005 in Sligo, Ireland) and sons Patrick Michael, (born on 15 September 2008 in Sligo, Ireland) and Shane Peter (born 22 January 2010), whom they named after his father.
Shane Filan's net worth
On August 2013 he releases his first solo album You And Me. He has a net worth of $30 million and according to his fame, his salary must be high but the actual number is unknown.