Westlife reported to be reuniting

After a six year hiatus, boy band Westlife is reuniting but without one of the original quintet.

The group formed in 1998 before disbanding in 2012.

They are one of the country’s most popular exports, and they are getting back together.

After six years away from the spotlight, Westlife is reuniting, but without Brian McFadden.

The quartet of Shane, Mark, Kian — all from Sligo — and Nicky have signed a new deal with Universal, according to the Irish Sun.

In deciding to sign with Universal, they’ve ditched Simon Cowell’s label Syco Music.

Apparently, Cowell was only interested in signing the band if McFadden was there too so the group went looking elsewhere.

A source told the newspaper: “It’s signed, sealed and delivered and it’s definitely happening and it absolutely does not include Brian McFadden.”

It continued: “The other guys have been lined up to return to the studio and record some new songs and tour dates have even been organised, so it’s definitely going ahead this time’

Before they disbanded back in 2012, the group had 14 number one singles in the UK as well as 50 million record sales worldwide.