Ronan Keating has issued a violent warning to his former Boyzone bandmate Stephen Gately's husband - he will "sort him out" if he ever punches his pal again.

Gately and ANDREW COWLES became embroiled in a nasty row outside plush London eaterie THE IVY earlier this month (OCT03), which reportedly resulted in the singer being physically attacked by his partner.

And pop star Keating is vowing to step in should it happen again.

He says, "I read about what happened and I've tried to call Stephen to see if he's OK. If I were Andy I'd think carefully about what he does.

"Stephen's got a lot of friends looking out for him. If he smacked him again, we would sort him out."

28/10/2003 02:19