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Thanks to you, Westlife are currently riding high in DVD charts across the globe!
10 Years of Westlife: Live At Croke Park Stadium is at number one in the UK and their home country of Ireland for a second week running, and has also hit the top spot on the other side of the world in New Zealand and Hong Kong.
In Sweden the band broke in to the Top 10 at number 10, whilst the fans in Holland ensured a Top 20 entry at number 14.
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For many parents, welcoming a new baby -- whether it's the first born or the fourth -- can be a somewhat daunting task, but when there are twins involved, the work can become overwhelming! After being together for more than fifteen years, Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and his wife Georgina welcomed twin boys and realized their close relationship had become a "different thing altogether." Admitting that "it was tough in the beginning," Georgina -- in a new interview with Hello -- shares that things are looking up for the happy family. "Now it's chaos, as Nicky says, but good chaos!" While the couple do not hide the fact that their fraternal twins -- Rocco Bertie and Jay Nicky, 17 months -- are definitely "harder," they say that the added responsibility is equally balanced by the double blessing. Although the boys have reached an age where they are able to "chat to each other and have a real little friendship," Georgina reveals that the built-in playmate has only recently been in their favor.
"There came a time when a few of our friends who had babies at the same time as us, said, 'It's getting easier now, isn't it?' And we looked at each other doubtfully [and said], 'Hmmm, is it really?'"
Nicky and Georgina are more than happy to take both the serene peaceful moments and the chaotic ones with their sons as they recall the twins' unexpected arrival. Born early and spending a month in the hospital, the couple were expecting premature babies, but admit that the eight-week early delivery date "caught us off guard." Once the twins were born, the parents were always "reassured that they were healthy," but were an emotional wreck after their babies were taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. "As a father, I found it very hard to see what Georgina was going through with the babies being taken away to a different part of the hospital. There were a lot of tears," shares Nicky. Between premature twins and watching "such tiny babies wired up in an incubator," the couple -- who view the situation as a positive, saying "we gained extra time with them because we had them sooner" -- made a mutual decision to forego a nanny in order to make up for their hospital stay. Georgina explains,
"By the time we took them home we just wanted them to ourselves. We seriously wanted all the nice cuddles for ourselves. It's lucky that we've had so much family around us. Both our parents and our sisters, all offering to sit for us and help us out."
Despite Georgina's dislike of "labeling [the boys] because they change so much every week," the couple admit that their sons certainly have some budding personalities. Jay, who tends to have a "calm character," is "slightly bigger" than his brother, but knows how to be a "little monkey too, with a real sense of humor." On the other hand, Rocco -- who was the smaller of the babies at birth and received his name because "from the start, he was our little fighter" -- definitely has spunk and likes to stay close to his parents, "wanting to hold your hand a lot."
Although the boys were born to a father who is a member of a hit pop group, according to Nicky, there will be no pressure on his end for his children to continue on his legacy in the music world. In fact, Nicky -- who once played for Leeds United -- says that if Rocco and Jay prefer the soccer field to the stage, he will offer his complete support. While the proud papa may not instill his love of music in his boys, he shares that they will be brought up with a sense of tradition, similar to his own childhood. Growing up with a strict mother and a lenient father, Nicky "was always taught that nobody is any better or worse than you. Others might have more money, but they are no better." Following his parents' example and wanting his own boys to "grow up honest and trustworthy," Nicky believes that the best advice he received as a child was from his father.
"My dad just said, 'Enjoy yourself and do what you do. But never bring the police to
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Although it seems the most unlikely scenario in Irish showbiz, it appears that the knives were out between celebrity chef Dylan McGrath and Westlife star Nicky Byrne recently.
The Diary can reveal that the pair became embroiled in a "bizarre" verbal exchange after an encounter in the VIP area of Krystle nightclub, which has set tongues wagging.
A well-placed source placed the blame for the exchange firmly at the feet of the feisty Mint restaurateur, saying the Michelin-starred chef may have stirred things up with the chart-topping singer.
Nicky, dad to twins Rocco and Jay, was out celebrating his fifth wedding anniversary with wife, Georgina, alongside his famous in-laws Bertie Ahern and ex-wife Miriam, when the incident occurred in the Harcourt Street hot spot.
"Nicky and Georgina had been having a really lovely evening before this happened. A big gang of them went to Thornton's restaurant beforehand and had a gorgeous meal before deciding to continue the party in Krystle.
"They had a table reserved in the corner of the club and Nicky was just sitting there, minding his own business and having a few quiet drinks with pals when Dylan walked over to him.
"He said something like 'I know your face, I recognise you from the telly -- you're famous or something, aren't you?' but was being quite aggressive.
"Nicky initially ignored him but Dylan wouldn't let it go. Eventually, one of Nicky's friends stood up and told them just to leave them alone, that they were just enjoying a night out. At that stage, things got a little physical and a punch was thrown."
The club's security staff were quick to react to the situation and managed to calm things down between the two parties.
Yet the whole encounter left a bad taste in Nicky's mouth and he eventually decided just to call it a night and leave.
Afterwards he privately told pals that the incident had put a dampener on what should have been a night to remember for him and his wife.
"He said what made the whole thing so upsetting was that it was a really special night for him and Georgina, which they were enjoying with their families when the incident happened.
"In the end, he decided the best thing was just to go home as he wasn't sure if Dylan would just start up again or not, but he was really shaken by what happened.
"He has never got that kind of treatment before from someone he doesn't even know."
When contacted about the incident, the celebrity chef played down what happened.
He told the Diary how he "couldn't say anything about it" before adding how he had "no problem" with the boyband member.
A Krystle spokesperson confirmed there had been an incident between the pair, but it had been swiftly dealt with.
Meanwhile, the Diary can also reveal that Nicky has signed a deal to feature photographs from his 30th birthday party in a UK glossy.
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