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Sunday, 22 April, 2001, 09:31 GMT 10:31 UK
Keating: No Boyzone reunion
Ronan Keating
Keating: Enjoying solo success
Singer Ronan Keating has said he is almost certainly not returning to Boyzone - the all-boy group he fronted before embarking on a solo career.

Keating made his revelation in an interview with chat show host Michael Parkinson, broadcast on BBC One on Saturday night.

The admission comes after months of speculation over the future of the chart-topping group since Keating's solo success.

I don't know what's going on (with the band) to be honest, but I can't see it coming back together

Ronan Keating

"A lot has gone on and I haven't talked to the guys in quite a while," said Keating.

"So to be really honest, I don't think anything's going to happen with the band."

Keating has had three solo hits, including two number ones, following his drift away from Boyzone more than a year ago.

Keating told Parkinson that he began his solo pursuits with "every intention" of returning to Boyzone - but then his career took off.

"It wasn't going to happen this year because I had my album launching in America so I thought about doing it next year," he said.

He continued: "I don't know what's going on (with the band) to be honest, but I can't see it coming back together, by no fault of mine."

Parkinson then pressed Keating further, asking if Keating considered Boyzone "in the past". Keating stated: "Oh OK! But you said that!"


Keating's comments confirmed recent remarks made by fellow Boyzone member Mikey Graham.

Graham said in an interview with Independent Radio News that he was no longer in contact with Keating.

Graham added that he and the rest of Boyzone were "upset" with Keating because he had become so stand-offish.

"He doesn't phone, he doesn't call, he doesn't write. He's just looking in a different direction," said Graham.

"The boys aren't too happy with him. It's not really a good thing to do - it took five people to make Boyzone and five people to make Ronan Keating."

All of the group members have been trying to forge solo careers in recent months.

But Keating and Stephen Gately are the only two to have made any real headway.

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