Shane Lynch said Boyzone will always be five in an emotional interview about his late bandmate and friend Stephen Gately.
Nine years after the fifth band member died of a heart defect, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham have vowed to make him a part of their goodbye as they release their final album.
Shane told the Daily Record : Boyzone will always be five so it was important that as we said goodbye, we said it with him.
We have a piece of Stevo on the album. Its amazing. A bittersweet blessing without a doubt.
It was just lovely to have him around. We miss him.
Their new album, Thank You and Goodnight, will be their last one, and it features the likes of Ed Sheeran and Gary Barlow.
The boys found a track that Stephen created before he died in 2009, and have made it into a song on the album, I Can Dream.
Boyzone formed back in 1993 and became one of the biggest boybands of the 90s, scoring 21 singles in the top 40 including Picture Of You and No Matter What.
They also had six number one singles.
Theyve all gone onto pursue solo projects, while Keith went into acting on Coronation Street and Shane recently appeared on Celebrity Big Brother.
The band is set to split up for good after the final album is released.
One fan wrote on Twitter: Really nice of Boyzone to include the late Stephen Gatelys in their latest single. No better gift to fans than this.
Another added: Just heard the new Boyzone song I Can Dream, absolutely amazing & have me goosebumps hearing Stephen Gatelys voice. Very emotional.
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