Westlife star Mark Feehily has been forced to drop out of the summer shows due to undergoing surgery in the coming weeks.
The singer, 42, revealed to his fans online that he has been given strict order by his doctor to rest after having surgery later this month.
The band are currently in the midst of their Wild Dreams tour, which is coming to a series of venues across the UK this summer.
However Mark revealed there are five shows where he will be absent as he recovers from the surgery.
Mark wrote: ‘Hey lovely people, it’s Mark here. This summer, our Wild Dreams tour continues and we are so blessed for the huge love and support we receive from our fans worldwide.
Oh no! Westlife star Mark Feehily has been forced to drop out of the summer shows due to undergoing surgery in the coming weeks
‘We have five shows taking place this summer from May – July.
‘And it is with deep regret that I will not be able to join Shane, Kian and Nicky on stage for those shows.’
Mark explained: ‘This week I have to undergo a little bit of surgery.
‘There is nothing to worry about I promise, but under doctor’s orders this surgery needs to happen sooner rather than later and will also require some recovery time throughout the summer.
‘To all our amazing fans in Denmark, Sweden, Mexico, Cardiff and Henley, I want you to know that I was very excited to see you all and perform but this is something that can’t be avoided and I know that you will all still have the time of your lives at what will be some amazing shows!
‘I’ll be there with you all in spirit and very much look forward to getting back on stage with the lads very soon!
‘Much love to you all and keep in touch – I’ll still be around to say hi. YOU’LL BE MISSED’
Earlier this year, Mark got the all clear from his doctor to return to work after he was struck down with a bout of pneumonia.
He said he will be ‘flying without wings once more’ as he is gearing up to get back to performing with his Westlife bandmates.
Sharing a clip of himself grinning at the camera, Markus wrote: ‘Hey all, great news… I’ll be FLYING WITHOUT WINGS once more! Finally the doctor has said that I can start getting myself back to normal.
‘I was in his waiting room earlier worried he was going to tell me, “no you’re still not right” but he was very happy with how I am doing.’
Mark said he has struggled over the last few weeks since he was forced to pull out of a Westlife show in Manchester back in November.
He said: ‘I have so much thanks to give. I won’t lie, although there are lots of people much worse off than me, the past 6 weeks have been very difficult.
‘Weirdly the most difficult thing was not being ill (that wasn’t easy either!) it was having no choice but to sit back and watch my own band be on tour without me and miss all of the shared moments of joy and happiness with the other lads onstage and of course the interaction with the audiences and fans.
Health: Mark got the all clear from his doctor to return to work after he was struck down with a bout of pneumonia
Back in action: The singer said he will be ‘flying without wings once more’ as he is gearing up to get back to performing with his Westlife bandmates
‘@ShaneFilanOfficial, @NickyByrneInsta and @KianEgan you three legends, you lads re-choreographed and re-arranged the entire show with about 1hrs notice that evening in Newcastle when I had to make the horrible phone call to tell you I couldn’t do the show…
‘The way you handled it shows how talented and professional you 3 are! You kept the @westlife flag flying for the rest of December and I’m so grateful for that. Love ❤️’.
Mark has been performing around the world with Shane Filan, Kian Egan, and Nicky Byrne on The Wild Dreams Tour, which is set to conclude in Bangkok in February.
Their tour hasn’t been without peril, with Nicky falling through the stage earlier this month at their Glasgow gig, leaving him with red raw bruises.
Markus wrote: ‘Hey all,great news… I’ll be FLYING WITHOUT WINGS once more! Finally the doctor has said that I can start getting myself back to normal’
WHAT IS PNEUMONIA?
Pneumonia is a type of chest infection that affects the tiny air sacs in the lungs.
The condition causes these sacs to be become inflammed and fill with fluid, making it harder to breathe.
Pneumonia is caused by bacteria or viruses, with the most common being Streptococcus pneumoniae.
It affects between five and 11 out of every 1,000 adults every year in the UK.
- Coughing up mucus
- Chest pain
- Loss of appetite
In severe cases, sufferers may cough up blood, vomit or have a rapid heart rate.
Treatment is usually antibiotics, which may need to be given intravenously in hospital in severe cases.
Source: British Lung Foundation
Mark urged fans not to worry as he informed them of his pneumonia diagnosis, stating although it was ‘scary’ to hear ‘everything is currently under control.’
He penned: ‘Firstly, I’d like to say a sincere thank you to everybody for sending their love and get well soon messages – it means so much.
‘I really was gutted to miss the weekend shows in Newcastle but I started to feel quite unwell on Friday and the doctors have confirmed that it is a bout of pneumonia.’
Mark continued: ‘I know it’s scary when you first hear the word ‘pneumonia’, but thankfully, I got to the doctor and the hospital very quickly and got on the antibiotics as soon as possible. So everything is currently under control.
‘I have been informed that the quickest way to recovery is to rest and continue the antibiotics. I’m feeling a bit better every day. The nurses and doctors are taking amazing care of me, so it should all be over in no time.
Fighting it off: Mark urged fans not to worry as he informed them of his pneumonia diagnosis, stating although it was ‘scary’ to hear ‘everything is currently under control’
‘This does however mean missing more gigs, which is horrible, but I’ll be back on stage as soon as I can get the all clear.
‘Until then, Nicky, Shane and Kian will continue to fly the Westlife flag high for all of us. Please scream even louder than usual for those three legends in my absence. Sending love to you all, I hope to see you back on the road very, very, soon! Mark xx.’
Following endless delays in the live music industry throughout the pandemic, Westlife were delighted to announce they are touring once again.