Westlife’s Mark Feehily talks becoming a dad after announcing baby’s gender

Mark Feehily has opened up about his excitement of becoming a father for the first time.

The Westlife star is expecting a baby with his fiancé Cailean O'Neill and told a crowd of 85,000 fans last night that he's got a little girl on the way.

The singer excitedly made the announcement while on stage with his band at Dublin's Croke Park as part of their Twenty Tour.

And chatting exclusively to Mirror Online backstage, Mark, 39, talked about starting a family.

He said: "It just feels like the right time to start a family now. It is something that I’ve always wanted to do but it has always been about timing.

"Cailean and I are really happy and now that I’m in my late 30s and settled at home in Sligo, it is the right moment.

"The Westlife lads have all got nine kids between them, ours will be the tenth Westlife baby. What’s been great about this recent tour is that all of the families have been involved, kids and all, running around backstage.

"It is different from the older days but it is just brilliant. Having everyone around us brings a fantastic energy. We’ve had to set up a special family room for everyone at every stadium and arena we’ve played at, it's been great. The Westlife kids have loved it I think."

Mark told his fans he was expecting his first child as he marked his 39th birthday, saying it was the "proudest moment" of his life.

He and Cailean go engaged earlier this year after six years together.

The star added: "Me and Cailean absolutely can’t wait for our baby to come along. We’re making plans for the nursery and everything and when I’m not in the studio or performing we’re looking at baby clothes and things for the baby.

"It’s an exciting time. We really can’t wait. I’ll be taking a bit of time off when the baby finally does arrive but there’s a lot more to come from Westlife.

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