Westlife EXCLUSIVE: Mark Feehily, 39, returns from paternity leave after just two weeks to help launch new album... as he reveals daughter Layla and fiancé Cailean are 'doing fantastic'

He welcomed his first child to the world last month - a daughter called Layla. 

And while Westlife's Mark Feehily is getting into the swing of fatherhood alongside his fiancé Cailean, it is business as usual for one quarter of the band as he has returned from paternity leave to launch the band's new album. 

The crooner, 39, is set to release Spectrum, an album featuring an Ed Sheeran written track, on Friday and said of the record: 'Spectrum feels more special that anything we've worked on before.'

Happy days: Mark has just returned from paternity leave after he welcomed his first child to the world last month - a daughter called Layla (pictured in June)

Happy days: Westlife's Mark Feehily is getting into the swing of fatherhood alongside his fiancé Cailean, it is business as usual for one quarter of the band as he has returned from paternity leave to launch the band's new album

Westlife, comprising of Nicky Byrne, 40, Kian Egan, 39, and Shane Filan, 40, have been blazing the comeback trail over the past year and their new album has left fans thrilled ahead of next year's tour and one-off Wembley Stadium gig. 

Away from work, earlier this month, Mark took to Instagram to revealed he had become a father, as he shared a caption reading: 'Baby Layla born safe & sound @ 7.27pm on October 1st 2019! We’re the happiest Dads in the world! x'.

He branded the baby news the 'proudest moment' of both their lives as he gushed he was 'beyond excited' to tell his 155k followers on social media.

After returning to work to launch the album, Mark said: 'Spectrum feels more special that anything we've worked on before...

Special: The crooner, 39, is set to release Spectrum, an album featuring an Ed Sheeran written track, on Friday and said of the record: 'Spectrum feels more special that anything we've worked on before'

Special: The crooner, 39, is set to release Spectrum, an album featuring an Ed Sheeran written track, on Friday and said of the record: 'Spectrum feels more special that anything we've worked on before'

Overjoyed: The couple announced that they were expecting their first child in May before revealing in July that they were set to welcome a girl

Overjoyed: The couple announced that they are expecting their first child in May before revealing in July that they were set to welcome a girl

'We have all put our heart and souls into it. I've had a couple of weeks off with our new baby but it feels great to be back with the lads just as we release this album...

'We've got high hopes for it, it would just be amazing to get a number one album in our twentieth anniversary year.'

He went on to say: 'Layla and Cailean are both doing fantastic. Starting a family is something I have always wanted to do. It has been a perfect year for Westlife and for me personally.' 

Westlife’s return to music has been a phenomenal success and has seen the nation fall in love with the Irish superstars all over again. The band recently announced they will be performing their first ever Wembley Stadium show next August. 

Ready for fatherhood: He went on to say: 'Layla and Cailean are both doing fantastic. Starting a family is something I have always wanted to do. It has been a perfect year for Westlife and for me personally'

Ready for fatherhood: He went on to say: 'Layla and Cailean are both doing fantastic. Starting a family is something I have always wanted to do. It has been a perfect year for Westlife and for me personally'

Here come the boys! Westlife have been blazing the comeback trail over the past year (pictured last month)

Here come the boys! Westlife, comprising of Nicky Byrne, 40, Kian Egan, 39, and Shane Filan, 40, have been blazing the comeback trail over the past year and their new album has left fans thrilled ahead of next year's tour and one-off Wembley Stadium gig

Speaking about the show, the boys said: 'Headlining Wembley Stadium is a dream come true for all of us. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we’re incredibly excited for a show which will be different and more spectacular'.

Westlife soared to fame in 1998 when they were formed in Dublin, with the original line-up also featuring Brian McFadden, who later left in 2004. 

The group broke hearts of fans around the globe when they announced plans to disband in 2012 before all embarking on respective solo careers over the years.  

In October, Westlife announced their return - with both new music and an anniversary tour - as Shane delightedly revealed: 'We still have a lot that we want to achieve as a band and we want to bring our new music to fans all over the world'.

Adoring: Earlier this month, Westlife star Mark has given a first look at his baby daughter in the video for the band's new song My Blood

Adoring: Earlier this month, Westlife star Mark has given a first look at his baby daughter in the video for the band's new song My Blood

 

Westlife's Mark Feehily launches album after paternity leave

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