Westlife star Mark Feehily has shared some rare photos of his daughter Layla and her fiancé Cailean O’Neill.
Mark, who tends to keep his personal life very private, welcomed daughter Layla through surrogacy in 2019 with Cailean, whom he met in 2013.
The series of photos showed Layla soaking up the sun during Ireland’s recent heatwave that took the nation to the beach.
A beautiful photo showed Cailean and Layla posing in their summer outfits. Mark’s fiancé was dressed in a brown t-shirt and blue shorts, while Layla wore a red top and striped pants.
Calling Layla “my daughter” in a photo, Mark snapped a sweet photo of his daughter sitting on a table in their family home. A separate image of what Mark described as “lovely moments” showed Layla playing with the rocks on the beach.
Mark confirmed his relationship status in 2017 after rumors about his love life circulated, the singer only revealed Cailean’s identity when announcing their engagement in 2019.
“I’m dating an Irishman now so it’s fine for both of us to be back in Ireland and our families are close by. We’ve been together for four years now so it’s been quite a while and I’m very happy,’ he told RSVP.
The Sligo native has expressed the need to change surrogacy laws in Ireland after making the trip with his partner. Mark highlighted the need to protect parents with children along the way on Amy Huberman’s Mamia and Me podcast.
“At the moment in Ireland the legislation is designed around the more traditional heterosexual man and woman having a baby, and at the moment families who have children through surrogacy must comply with the rules and laws that were developed for a completely different situation.
‘In other words, I would like in the future not to have to go to the other side of the world to do what we did, number one, and number two, when we come back here, I would like the state recognize the difference between [families],’ he said.
It’s been an eventful summer for Mark, who is currently in the midst of Westlife’s Wild Dreams Tour, which included two sold-out nights at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
“I’m not kidding guys, it was the best weekend EVER!” Doing those two shows and having such an incredible audience both nights and having family and friends there! Such a warm feeling all around – thank you to everyone who came and made it such a magical weekend! As always, none of this could happen without my brothers,’ he wrote on Instagram.