Westlife are REUNITING! Band 'set to return' with hit single penned by Ed Sheeran

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The Irish band that brought joy to the late 90s and early 00s with hits such as You Raise Me Up and Uptown Girl (don’t pretend you don’t know all the words) are reportedly set to reunite after more than six years apart.

And things appear to be moving fast for the group, who are said to have already begun working on new material and setting up tour dates.

According to The Sun, the all-male band – who have sold more than 55 million records – will be reforming in an attempt to repeat the success of the noughties, which saw them regularly topping the charts.

However, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan will be reforming without one of their original members, Brian McFadden.

Brian – who was previously married to – quit the group in 2004 and has had a ­fraught relationship with his former bandmates since.

They’ve also reportedly pied off former mentor Simon Cowell and signed up to Universal instead.

“It’s signed, sealed and delivered and it’s definitely happening — and it absolutely does not include Brian McFadden,” a source told the publication.

“The other guys have been lined up to return to the studio and record some new songs and tour dates have even been organised, so it’s definitely going ahead this time.”

Irish boy band Westlife (Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Markus Feehily, Shane Filan and Brian McFadden), circa 2000. Tim Roney/Getty Images

REUNITING: Westlife have’ confirmed they are reuniting’ according to sources (Pic: Tim Roney/Getty Images)

 WESTLIFE attend an unknown event Patrick Ford/Redferns

COMEBACK KIDS: Westlife have reportedly begun recoding music with singer, Ed Sheehan (Pic: Patrick Ford/Redferns)

They continued: “There’s been a lot of speculation, but this time it’s a done deal and contracts have been signed.”

And if reuniting wasn’t enough, it looks like the lads have pulled out all the stops, having reportedly teamed up with Ed Sheehan for their sensational comeback single.

The global chart-topping sensation is said to have secretly penned their first track.

A source explained: “Westlife have really been pulling out all the stops for their big comeback and were desperate to get Ed on board.

Musician Brian McFadden celebrates during practice prior to the 2017 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course on October 3, 2017 in St Andrews, Scotland. Warren Little/Getty Images

JUST ONE MISSING: Brian McFadden won’t be joining the band in their return (Pic: Warren Little/Getty Images)

WESTLIFE Paul Bergen/Redferns

QUARTET: Westlife will be retuning as a foursome (Pic: Paul Bergen/Redferns)

“It took quite some time to pull together and has been done totally behind closed doors, but he has finally given them the right record to make it happen.

They added: “Having Ed involved is a huge coup. They think he will give them a contemporary edge for their reunion. They have already recorded the song and are delighted with the results.

“They’re just pulling together the final promo details including a video before they unveil it. It’s going to be huge.”

Full disclosure, we’re totally excited to hear what the lads have got for us!

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