Boyzone’s Keith Duffy refuses to work in home country after getting backlash

Boyzone singer Keith Duffy has admitted that he doesn’t go out and socialise in his hometown of Dublin after he and bandmate Brian McFadden received negative publicity.

The pair were part of the pop group from 1993 to 2000, then again in 2008 before they announced they were planning to split for good in 2018.

They went on tour in late 2018 to celebrate their milestone anniversary and revealed the sad news during the celebration of their 25 years together.

The tour continued into 2019 when it eventually ended and the boys went their separate ways.

There appears to be no bad blood between the bandmates but Keith has recently admitted that he, along with pal Brian, can’t seem to get away from the bad press.

Keith attended the opening of celebrity fitness trainer Paul Byrne’s new gym, which was held in Dublin.

Whilst at the event, which was held in the Powerscourt centre, Keith spoke about his unfortunate experience.

He said: “We don’t do [interviews] here. That’s our choice, we just wanted a peaceful life, we love what we do. We’re very successful in the UK, they champion us over there and they bring out the best of us.”

Duffy then commented on Dublin: “You come over here and whether it be radio DJs or certain journalists, they write in derogatory terms about us. They’re just negative.”

The singer said that “Boyzone was the same” after they reunited back in 2008, but they “never worked here [Dublin] again,” instead preferring to travel to “the UK, Australia, Middle East or Europe”.

The 47-year-old then said that he had “just gotten back from Cape Town” with Brian and the pair are planning to get “on their way to Indonesia, Bali, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bahrain, Dubai and Abu Dhabi”.

Despite their jet-set lifestyle, Keith said that the boys “do nothing in Dublin”: “It really is just begrudging. People don’t listen and they insult. People assume it is going to be s**** because they don’t like us from the days of the 90s.”

Even his two children no longer want to see their famous father slammed in the press and Keith admitted he doesn’t “socialise” in Dublin because he “doesn’t know if someone is going to buy him a pint or give him a dig”.

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