Shane Filan’s wife declared bankrupt – six years after his own financial crisis

He was famously declared bankrupt in 2012 with debts of €23m.

And now, six years later, Shane Filan’s wife, Gillian, has followed suit with her own financial trouble.

The ex-Westlife singer’s partner was ruled bankrupt by the High Court on July 23, according to official legal documents.

A representative for the former boyband star confirmed the news on Friday night.

The rep said that while the couple would not be making further comment, Gillian’s bankruptcy is relating to joint loans she shared with her famous husband – the same loans that left Shane millions of euros in debt.

Shane and his brother Finbarr got into financial difficulty during the recession after their company Shafin Developments, borrowed millions from Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank.

The company took out the loans during the economic boom to build a housing estate with 90 homes in Dromahair, Co Leitrim – close to Shane’s home in Sligo.

They also had plans to build a nursing home and supermarket which were shelved.

The company went bust in 2012 and Shane filed for bankruptcy in Kingston County Court in the UK.

Bankruptcy in the UK lasts for 12 months, compared with 12 years when declared in an Irish court.

The hitmaker and his family relocated to Surrey during this time but have since moved back to Sligo.

After the bankruptcy judgment, they were forced to sell their Sligo mansion, which was valued at €10 million, during the boom, for €800,000 in 2014.

Shane, who has sold over 55m records with Westlife, has openly spoken about his financial troubles, revealing “it’s horrible” dealing with the stress of having massive debts.

Shane said: “I was very scared, obviously, but you’ve got to keep looking forward. And I had great people. But it’s very sad that people do kill themselves.

“It’s very difficult people can go to that extreme.

“Families are destroyed over it, but everybody is an individual and it’s one of those horrible things.

“A lot of people are going through it, whether it’s a small credit card or loan.

“Everybody is feeling it in some way, there’s a lot of pressure. It’s horrible.”

Shane and his childhood sweetheart Gillian tied the knot in 2003 and have three children together – 13-year-old daughter Nicole and sons Patrick, nine, and Shane, eight.

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