Shayne Ward checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace (@shayneward) on Friday (October 23), thanking them for 25th birthday wishes and commenting on the funeral for Boyzone singer Stephen Gately. ‘The X Factor’ season two winner writes:
Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all of the birthday messages! I am now 25 year’s old! Getting old lol!
I didn’t do much on my birthday this year. As you all know, a good friend of mine, Stephen Gately, died last week and I attended his funeral.
I can honestly say Stephen was one of the nicest and kindest people you could ever meet. It was a beautiful service and the Boyzone boys did Stephen proud with their speeches and support.
You are forever in my memory mate. My love and thoughts are with Stephen’s family.