Westlife's Shane Filan files for bankruptcy

  • Westlife singer Shane Filan has been declared bankrupt in the UK.

    Although the Irish band has sold millions of records, Filan is reported to have suffered huge losses in his country's property crash. 

    The pop star filed for bankruptcy in the UK as the period typically lasts for a year compared to the Republic of Ireland, where it is at least three years and more commonly 12 years.

    Westlife were one of the most successful boy bands of the last decade, selling more than 44 million records worldwide.

    Last October, they announced they were splitting up.