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Westlife's Shane Filan declared bankrupt?

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Shane Filan of Westlife

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Shane Filan has reportedly declared himself bankrupt.

The Westlife singer is said to have run up debts of up to £18 million, according to The Sun.

Filan's property firm Shafin Developments Ltd began running into troubles earlier this year owing around £4 million in April.

He had begun a repayment plan for the debts, and had "exhausted all other options" before declaring himself bankrupt.

"I have worked long and hard to reduce my debts, and I am devastated that it came to this," he said after the ruling at Kingston County Court, Surrey.

Filan's company was planning to build a development, community centre, office units, private clinic, gym, creche and 68 homes in Sligo, Ireland, but none surfaced.

Shane Filan has reportedly signed a solo record deal with Universal, and will release his debut album after Westlife complete their farewell shows.

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