Westlife's BIG money offer

Irish heartthrobs Westlife have revealed that they were offered more money by record bosses to stay together. The band recently announced that they are going their own ways after 14 years together. Westlife member Nicky Byrne told the Daily Star: "It's not a publicity stunt. There was more money on the table from Sony Records as part of a re-negotiation but it feels right to see what else is out there." The four-piece confessed that their long-time manager Louis Walsh tried to persuade them not to split up and vowed to smooth over any problems. Mark Feehily added: "Louis said to us, 'Whatever is wrong we'll fix it,' but there's nothing to fix. It's a natural thing to happen. We couldn't go on releasing albums until we died." The band insisted that their split is for good and that they will not be reuniting in the future like fellow pop acts Take That and Steps. Shane Filan said: "The tour will be the end of Westlife. We're hoping to do one last extravagant show and it's going to be horrendous when we come off stage, the worst day." Byrne continued: "Other bands who have breaks know they might come back. We're saying we're not." The group claimed that new boybands The Wanted, JLS and One Direction will not last 14 years together as it is not "normal". Kian Egan said: "I don't see any of them lasting as long as we have." Feehily added: "Four or five years max for a boyband is normal. We lasted as we all get along. We're quite freakish like that."