Westlife’s Mark Feehily calls for changes to surrogacy law

Westlife’s Mark Feehily said surrogacy laws in Ireland are “truly unfair” and Justice Minister Helen McEntee assured him she was “doing everything in her power” to change them.

Speaking on Friday Late show, the pop star, who welcomed daughter Layla through surrogacy in 2019, has opened up about how unfair he thinks surrogacy laws in Ireland currently are.

He said: “Imagine someone walks up to you and says, ‘That’s not your child’. In fact, the current law says that for a lot of people in the country. I think that’s is really unfair and we just have to change that and move on.”

Westlife took part in an extensive interview on Friday’s Late Late Show

Feehily is currently working to change the current legislation with Justice Minister Helen McEntee and admitted he was ‘the last person you would expect to see on the news talking about politics’.

He told host Ryan Tubridy: “I was on the phone today with Helen McEntee, the Attorney General, and I was having a conversation with her about everything that’s going on right now.

“The campaign I’m involved in is about surrogacy legislation and we’re trying to get the government to change a law that was written years ago.

“I spoke to Helen McEntee today and she assured me that they were doing everything in their power and that there would be a lot of big decisions in the coming weeks.”

In the wide-ranging interview, Feehily and bandmates Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan and Shane Filan also spoke to Tubridy about losing Filan’s parents, working together for 23 years and how they ended up swapping advice about gardening with Ed Sheeran during lockdown.

Byrne explained: “Ed had said he was a huge Westlife fan. Then when we all went into lockdown he got in touch via email and that was the weirdest thing because ‘Ed is the biggest star in the world and he’s emailing – telling us about his confinement and we’re discussing gardening all of a sudden.

“He said to me, ‘I wrote a great song for you and I’m going to send it, but what plant did you pick up today?'”

Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily performing on The Late Late Show

The song Sheeran wrote for Westlife’s 12th studio album, wild dreams, is called My hero. Byrne said that “it’s all about heroes and it doesn’t matter if it’s your husband or your wife, your son or your daughter, your mother or your father or whatever it is”.

“That just rings true,” he added. “It’s one of those great songs.”

Watch the full interview on the RTÉ Player.

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