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Boyzone’s Shane Lynch: ‘The music industry is Satanic’

Boyzone’s Shane Lynch talks demons, deliverance and working his way back to the light

Shane Lynch has coined a word for his bad boy years : “Shaneanigans”. The Boyzone singer spent much of his 20s – between concerts and autograph signings – drinking, swearing and getting into scraps. It was the 90s, after all.

Around that time, he also became fascinated by the occult, the evidence of which is still visible in the tattoos etched on his skin. This “anti-God, anti-Christ” season became a problem when Lynch later became a Christian, so he added more ink to alter the meanings. The 47 year-old tells me that while fame has had many benefits, being on stage in front of 20,000 screaming fans was exceptionally lonely at times. He often missed the rhythm and routine of home.

Lynch grew up in a Catholic family in the Dublin suburb of Donaghmede. He was one of six siblings and the only boy; several of his sisters went on to form the girl group B*Witched. Lynch’s dyslexia, which went undiagnosed for years, made academic achievement seem impossible, and he tells me he cheated his way through school. He now sees neurodiversity as an asset, but it took a long time to recognise he had “a skill-set beyond the classroom”.

As a teenager, Lynch poured his energy into athletics and BMX racing: two things that came naturally to him. At one point, he looked set to follow his dad into business as a car mechanic – until a friend invited him to form a band: “It’s gonna be this boyband thing. Have you heard of Take That?”

Thus began an X Factor-style hunt – with new manager, Louis Walsh – for the other members of Boyzone: Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham. The “boys”, as Lynch calls them, would go on to achieve six UK number one singles and five number one albums.

Boyzone split up in 1999 after personal differences drove a wedge between the five – “realistically, what we needed during that time was a break”, says Lynch. They regrouped in 2007 but, two years later, tragedy struck when Stephen Gately suffered pulmonary oedema and died. Lynch has previously spoken about how painful it was to lose his close friend.

On the day of our interview, Lynch arrives 45 minutes late. It’s not due to self-importance or celebrity (he apologises at least three times for keeping me waiting), but I can’t help wondering whether him going to Camden rather than Cannon Street has anything to do with the dyslexia that makes life a lot less simple for so many people. Lynch chooses to view the mix-up through the lens of spiritual attack, however: the “enemy tries to take you from something great…it was such a battle to get here”. He sees most things in these terms now that he is born again. With the same gusto he poured into his before-Christ days, Lynch is wholly passionate about his faith. Rumour has it he no longer listens to secular music and he tells me that every day is now “about Christ”.

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