Former Westlife star Markus Feehily admitted yesterday he has found love again and is feeling “fantastic”.

The pop star, who is launching his solo career, denied his new album is about his break-up with ex Kevin McDaid.

He told the Irish Mirror yesterday: “It’s not a negative, morbid, down album and it’s not about any one person.

“It’s autobiographical but a lot of people will make the mistake that it’s about my ex. It’s different experiences.”

The Sligo singer said he’s currently loved up adding: “There is someone special and I’m really, really happy at the moment.

“He’s fantastic. It’s not new and he’s not famous. It’s great to feel secure and happy, it really is.”

He is best known as Mark and was catapulted to fame in the hugely successful Irish boyband which split in 2011 after 14 years together.

But he changed his name to Markus to launch his solo career.

He told RTE yesterday: “Markus is my name. It’s my name on my birth cert, and passport. My name on Twitter has been Markus Feehily for
about eight years. There’s no big thinking behind it.

“Call me Mark or Markus, I don’t really care, it’s just what I’m going to be putting on my CDs and stuff.”

The 34-year-old has given fans a taster of his new solo music and he is set to release his debut single Love Is A Drug on April 19.

Markus co-wrote the track with Mojam, who has worked with Sam Smith and Emeli Sande in the past. Markus said: “I’ve always had another side to me that no one’s heard or seen before.

“I’m so thankful for my past and the incredible experiences it gave me.

“But now, looking to the future, I’m excited by the prospect of creating and sharing music that comes from within. Songs that I’ve written about experiences that I’ve had – soulful, autobiographical pop music.”

Speaking to 2fm’s Jennifer Maguire on Breakfast Republic he also revealed he has already made a music video for the new song, and it felt strange without his Westlife band mates.

Markus said: “I’ve been busy in the studio for the last two and a half years. I did my first video shoot the other day for the first single.

“It felt so different, but I have made 37 videos before.”

The new record comes just weeks after it was revealed Markus has become a caterer, selling crepes and tea at music festivals.

And he said business is booming adding: “I like to keep busy.”

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