Simon Cowell Lifts Lid On Westlife Rows
Pop tycoon says he almost came to blows with Irish boyband...
They say it's the quiet ones that are the worst, and it seems that the old cliche might be especially true in the world of pop.
We'd always assumed that Westlife's amazing 14 number one singles were partly due to their unwavering obedience to Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh's orders - but pop mogul Cowell has now revealed otherwise.
Speaking on a forthcoming TV special marking the end of the Irish boyband's career together, he revealed that he had almost come to blows with them during rows over work.
He said: "We had face-offs. God we had fights. Me versus five, practically turning into a punch-up over disagreements."
Unfortunately he didn't elaborate on the subjects of their disagreements. Our money is on something to do with stools.
But he also praised their eagerness and professionalism when they were fresh to the pop game, saying: "I don't think I've met anyone who worked as hard as these guys. They were like little puppies in those days.
"It was all about the fans. In those days the band was so happy and so enthusiastic and just wanted to sing.
"Always with them it was about the fans. They were always conscious that no matter how tired they were people had paid to see them and they wanted to put on a show."
Westlife For The Last Time is on ITV1 this evening at 9.05pm.