I saved Westlife: Brian McFadden

London, Dec 29 (PTI) Singer Brian McFadden has said he "saved" his former band Westlife by quitting in 2004.

The 36-year-old singer said that the boyband - which was signed by Simon Cowell - would not have stayed together for much longer if he hadn't left when he did as the other members - Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan and Markus Feehily -"hated it", reported Femalefirst.

"If we had been given a break, it might have been different but when I look back now everything happens for a reason," McFadden said.

"None of the other guys were enjoying it at that stage. They hated it. But when I left, they all got scared with this feeling, how long is it going to last? "They ended up appreciating what they had again and they started to love it again. They got eight years of something they were taking for granted."

Westlife lasted for eight more years after Brian quit, eventually disbanding in 2012.