By BARRY MORAN
POP hunk Nicky Byrne’s kids still can’t believe he’s finally off the road and HOME for good.
The former Westlife star was popping out to the shops when his twins Jay and Rocco met him at the door and demanded: “Are you going on tour again, Daddy?”
The lads – like their old man – can’t believe Westlife are really finished.
Nicky, 33, said he “couldn’t be any happier” after the chart-toppers bowed out in spectacular style with a series of sold-out shows at Croke Park last month.
And speaking to the Irish Sun as he made his first post-split appearance alongside gorgeous wife Georgina, Byrne explained that it would take “a good few months” before it would start to sink in.
He smiled: “People have been asking are the kids delighted to have me home — but the thing is, after every Westlife tour we’d always have time off, and they often came on the road with us so I was never away from them that long.
“The concerts were incredible, absolutely amazing and something we’ll never forget.
“It was a chance for us to say thanks to the fans as much as anything else, because they’ve been with us since day one.
“It still hasn’t really sunk in because it just feels like the end of a tour. I suppose it might be six months down the line before it hits home.
“But it’s funny. I was going out during the week to do some errands and they asked, ‘Are you going out on tour again daddy?’, so it obviously hasn’t dawned on them yet. We won’t really appreciate it until it’s been a while.”
Georgina laughed: “He’s right, it’s been nice having him home but it just feels like an extended break, rather than the end of the band. It’ll take some getting used to.”
Nicky and Georgina were speaking at the launch of new women’s website, www.her.ie, which has signed up Byrne’s stunning missus as a columnist.
The professional fitness trainer has agreed to dish all on the latest fashion and fitness tips.
A sister website to Jerry Flannery’s www.joe.ie, contributors will include Today FM’s Mairead Farrell, MTV babe Laura Whitmore and RTE’s Evanne Ni Chuilinn.
Georgina told us: “I’m really looking forward to it. Joe.ie has been a huge success and it’s great that now there’ll be site like this for women.”