Shane Steven Filan Date of birth:
5th July 1979, 12:34 pmStar sign:
CancerPlace of birth:
Sligo, Ireland School:
Summer Hill College, SligoWhere do you live now:
Sligo / on the road with band Height:
5ft 8Colour of eyes:
Hazel green Any tattoos:
NoInside Leg Measurement
: 32 Chest
: 38Shoe size
parents Peter and Mae, three brothers: Finbarr (30), Peter
(29), Liam (27), three sisters: Yvonne (28), Denise (23), Mairead (21)Previous Jobs:
Hardware storeSinging since:
A babyChildhood photos:
PersonalityDescribe yourself in three words:
Level-headed, generous, romanticRule of Life:
only live once, so live a good life!"Phrase that you use often:
You know what I mean If you were an animal,
what kind of animal would you be?
a horseDream house:
Very big with swimming pool (photo
below thanks to Kristin Beckner)
Horse riding, snooker, pitch and puttInstrument:
Sleeping, shopping, hot weather, girls, going out with his friends, horses (his family have a lot to do with the world of
horses) and singingDislikes:
Insects, rude people, rainWorst class(es):
Science Best class(es):
English/Maths Fave sport(s):
Soccer, horse riding Fave actor:
Tom Cruise Fave actress:
Zeta Jones Fave male singer:
George Michael Fave female singer:
Mariah Carey Most like to meet:
Michael JacksonWho Would You Have A One 2 One With?
Michael Jackson Most
Impressive Person You've Ever Met:
Mother TeresaBest movie ever:
Titanic Fave cereal:
Spaghetti, Mum's cooking, steak and chipsWorst food:
sushiFave soft drink:
Cola McDonalds or Burger King:
Both Fave place to chill:
At home Fave place to visit:
Fave football team:
LiverpoolFave perfume, men’s:
Polo / Sport Fave perfume, women’s:
Beautiful / ChloeFave clothes:
Long sleeved shirtsFave designer:
Dolce and GabbanaFave colour:
Anything by W.B.YeatsFave song:
I Believe I can Fly by R Kelly, Take That - Back For
GoodFave WL song:
What I want Is What I've GotFirst record bought:
Uptown Girl - Billy JoelFirst
Status Quo in SligoU2 or B*Witched:
U2 BSB or Boyzone:
Lovelife!Blondes or brunettes:
either Ideal woman:
Cute, cuddly and one who loves meHave
Shane is married to his childhood sweetheart, Gillian Walsh (Kian's cousin).
Shane is pictured below with Gillian at Nicky's wedding, 9th August 2003
Shane is pictured above with Gillian Walsh at a Newcastle United football game, 26th April 2002.
He was previously
rumoured to be dating Natasha from Atomic Kitten (pic below)His first kiss
: he can't rightly remember the first one but was kissing lots of girls in his teens- and his memory
gets a little cloudy with names!Fave one-liner:
Too many to mention Romantic move (eg. flowers):
a lot of balloons for her bedroom
"I'm young, free and single. So if there's anyone out there! Seriously it is very hard to have girlfriends
as we are away so much - that's the reality of it and it's going to be worse before it gets better."
- Shane on having
girlfriends in the business
"I felt weird - I was dead paranoid about it. I thought, 'Is everyone staring at me, is
- Shane on having to wear make-up
"I used to have a toy cat called Kitty. It wasn't a pink cat but
it wasn't a black cat either if you know what i mean. It was something a girl would definitely have had. I'd hide him under
the bed when my friends came round."
"I was caught speeding past a hospital doing 47 mph in a 30mph zone. There were
four of us in the car and it was just after I passed my test. We were on our way to the Irish trials for rugby and we were
late so on the bigger roads I was probably going a lot faster. Luckily the cop loved rugby so he let me off although he wasn't
too happy with my dodgy number plate."
"I went away for a three-day rugby tournament and I forgot all my boxer shorts.
We were in the middle of nowhere and I had to wear the same pair day in, day in, day out, even during the matches. They smelt
after a while!"
"My perfect day off would be home in Sligo, somewhere peaceful where I'd be able to chill out, then
go up to the land and see the horses!!"
"Boxer shorts, or sometimes nothing, but usually boxer shorts..."
what he wears in bed
"Ronan's a lovely guy, but don't disturb him when he's tired - you wouldn't like him when he's
- Shane on their pop star manager
"All the time, the worst thing is that my dad and my family have a restaurant.
it's like my house is open to the public. Girls just walk in and sit there all day..they'll have a cup of tea for like, 10
- Shane on whether fans come to his house
"Mum and Dad have lived above the family fish and chip restaurant
in Sligo for 32 years. I've promised them a house in the country."
"I ride horses."
- on what he does when he's
"About 70 per cent of the girls who talk to us are only interested in the band and our money. We could
take advantage but it is not our style. It makes you very cynical about people."
Shane on the problems of being single,
famous, and in a band...
"The worst thing is if I'm with a girl and I realize she doesn't give a s**t about me or
my feelings. They just want to go out to fancy clubs, get free drinks and show me off. I've met a few girls and now I can
tell straight away. I know within five minutes if she's doing it because she wants be with a Westlife person or is chatting
to me for me."
"My whole world changed when Michael Jackson brought out the Bad album when I was about eight or nine.
He took over my whole life and from then on I wanted to be Michael Jackson. I watched his videos for hours and learned how
to dance like him. I would push back the chairs in the room and learn his dance moves. I even taught myself to moonwalk."
"Sometimes Shane doesn't listen to you. He stares into space while you're going, 'Shane. Shane. SHANE!' then he goes,
'WHAT!?' That's annoying."
- Mark on Shane's most annoying habit
"I always cry when I leave my mum, because I hate
seeing her face when I go. I know she's going to start crying -- I can see the tears building up, it's like she's holding
a river in her eyes. We're really close."
Mark on Shane: "He can be quite serious at times and he switches off"
Did You Know...?
Shane suffers from a knee injury he got 3 years ago from falling off a horse. He has to dance through
routines with Westlife which makes the knee sore. He says "it's 90% better, it's not too bad!"
Shane's 'Spice Girl'
nickname was "Country Spice" because of all the horses that his family owns!
Shane family have 40 horses, they all
have the first name Carlton after the family restaurant, Carlton Café. Shane's favourite is called Carlton Flight.
parents gave him a horse for his 21st birthday, Shane called it Carlton Clover
It was Shane's mum Mae who originally
got in touch with Louis Walsh to try and persuade him to get involved with Westlife!
Shane wasn't too much trouble
at school and he always talked his way out of everything. He had a charm with the teachers and admits that his school days
were the best days of his life! He wanted to get out of school like Bryan but now he actually misses that he's gone!
hates rats, tarantulas and all spiders!
His scariest moment was when he was younger and he was kicked in the head
by a horse. He said it wasn't too bad cos it was a small pony and didn't get him right. But it happened really quickly and
Shane didn't know where he was cos he was so dazed afterwards!
Shane is getting a new house built for his family which
should be finished later this year!
The first time Shane rang Louis Walsh he was on the loo!
He loves singing
in the shower
Shane never answers questions about sex in interviews
The best place Shane says he's ever been
to is Sydney, Australia
He reckons his triceps are flabby!
His favorite subject at school was English language
One of his biggest ambitions is to meet Michael Jackson
Shane is godfather to his nephew Killian
says his hands are his fave part of his body
His fave colour is black
If Shane wasn't in Westlife, he would
be studying accountancy.
The rest of the lads reckon Shane has the worst fashion sense!
Shane always wears
He has a scar on his head from when he fell over as a kid
His fave Westlife song is Fool Again.
He belives in aliens
Shane's fave smell is Hugo Boss
He bought a Jeep for his 21st birthday!