WESTLIFE’s Mark Feehily has been widely praised for his candid interview with Late Late show host Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ One on Friday night where he spoke about body shaming in the music industry.
he Sligo native has opened up about the horrific comments he was told at the start of his music career.
He said the music industry has changed since he joined Westlife and he said he’s been told many times “you’re fat, lose weight”.
“Before going on TV [they tell you] you know there’s 14 million people watching this, there’s actually 15 million people watching that one.”
“Look, it’s the music business, and things are a little different now, but back then people would have no problem telling you, ‘you’re fat, lose weight,’ like right before you go on TV.
“Now, instead of being someone in the record industry, it’s Instagram or it’s Twitter.”
The Sligo singer described one particular magazine article which had a ‘circle of shame’ when it came to what was wrong with people, which he says completely destroyed him.
He went on to say that while trolls exist on the internet, comments about people’s appearance are not the norm from people working in the music industry.
“The fact is that a lot of things have changed and we don’t accept this stuff anymore. It’s not seen as correct anymore, and that’s the most important thing.
The musician also opened up about how he was forced to publicly confirm his sexuality before planning to do so.
“One day I got a phone call from someone who works around us and they said The Sun knew you were dating someone, a man, and basically they were going to print the story .
“They want to know if you want to go talk to them and explain your situation or not, but it’s in the paper anyway.
“It was unexpected, I don’t look back in anger, but I don’t think anyone should be forced out that way. “Fortunately, in the media industry, they wouldn’t even think of doing something like that now. It’s something that happened twenty years ago, but it doesn’t anymore. Mark sang two songs on the program, “You are the reason” and “Run” and the fans then took to social media, praising him for his interview and his performance.