Members of Irish boyband Westlife have spoken out in support of their gay bandmate Mark Feehily's surprise engagement to his boyfriend KEVIN McDAID.

The FLYING WITHOUT WINGS stars were oblivious of Feehily's true sexuality for five years, but they insist he has never been happier since coming out earlier this year (05).

Singer SHANE FILAN says, "Mark is in a relationship and is happy in his life. We've only known for a couple of years (that he is gay) but the decision to go public was all his.

"In the last couple of months he has been the happiest I have ever seen him and he's told me he's so happy.

"It's a huge relief not to have to keep his sexuality a secret anymore."