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Nicky Byrne reveals Westlife trauma: ‘Louis Walsh mocking my teeth gave me low self-esteem’

The pop star became obsessed with his appearance.

Nicky Byrne has revealed he suffered from cripplingly low self-esteem in his boyband days due to Louis Walsh mocking his teeth.
The former Westlife star admitted the pop guru’s jibes got to him and eventually made him get braces to improve his appearance.
While the 36-year-old tried not to care about his appearance – being in the public eye forced him to be self-conscious.

It’s a very blokey thing to not be concerned about your appearance, but I think we all care deep down,” he said.
“You’re in a boyband, you’re going to be vain. But I remember the early days…my teeth were all over the place.”
“Louis used to always say to me, ‘You’ve got to get your teeth done, you’ve got to get your teeth done,’” he told Good Morning Britain.

“I suppose that resonated with me then and I went and got a brace.”
Nicky divulged that seeing himself on TV and on the covers of magazines didn’t help in improving his self-image.
“In those kind of crazy Westlife years, it is something that you can’t avoid,” he said.

“You see yourself everywhere on magazine covers, on TV regularly and then you know you kind of think, ‘I need to do that, I need to change, I need to train a little bit.”
While he may have found the pressure to look good in Westlife difficult, Nicky previously told Goss.ie he would “never say never” to a reunion.

Source: goss.ie

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Nicky Byrne: ‘I was insecure with my teeth during Westlife days’

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Nicky Byrne has admitted he had self-esteem issues during Westlife’s heyday – and that Tom Cruise inspired him to get his teeth fixed.

The ‘Flying Without Wings’ singer spoke about anxieties over appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain as part of its #SelfieEsteem campaign that aims to boost confidence.

Nicky said self-esteem can affect males just as much as females, pointing out his own experience as part of Westlife.

“In those kind of crazy Westlife years it is something that you can’t avoid, you see yourselves everywhere on magazine covers, on TV regularly and then you know you kind of think, ‘I need to do that, I need to change, I need to train a little bit’,” he recalled.

“It’s kind of unavoidable and I think people probably see it as a female thing predominantly and it’s not really, I think guys do have those insecurities as well.”

Nicky went on to say his teeth caused him self-esteem issues, particularly when manager Louis Walsh suggested he have them fixed.

“I remember the early days it was my teeth that were all over the place. It’s lads banter amongst yourselves when people are saying ‘ah your teeth are this’… it’s a bit of banter. But Louis used to always say to me ‘you’ve got to get your teeth done, you’ve got to get your teeth done’ and I suppose that resonated with me then and I went and got a brace.

“In the midst of the Westlife fame I saw Tom Cruise on one of the red carpets wearing the white train track braces and I thought, you know what? If the biggest star in the world can go and do that then why not. A lot of the Westlife earlier years I would have smiled with my mouth closed while the rest of the boys were blinging teeth.

Source: reveal.co.uk

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Westlife’s Nicky Byrne reveals Louis Walsh bullied him over his bad teeth

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Nicky Byrne has revealed he used to get grief for his wonky teeth – with Louis Walsh urging him to get his gnashers fixed.

The former Westlife star admitted his teeth ‘were all over the place’ when the band started out, with Walsh’s nagging ultimately persuading him to get a brace.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, he said it was a ‘very blokey thing’ to not be concerned about your appearance, but said that he thought ‘we all care deep down’.

He explained: ‘You’re in a boyband you’re going to be vain. But I remember the early days it was … that my teeth were all over the place…

‘Louis used to always say to me “You’ve got to get your teeth done, you’ve got to get your teeth done” and I suppose that resonated with me then and I went and got a brace.

‘In those kind of crazy Westlife years, it is something that you can’t avoid – you see yourselves everywhere on magazine covers, on TV regularly and then you know you kind of think “I need to do that, I need to change, I need to train a little bit”.’

Byrne was talking to Good Morning Britain as part of the show’s selfie campaign, which urges viewers to share the first selfie they take, unfiltered, on social media with the hashtag #SelfieEsteem.

Source: metro.co.uk