Westlife’s Nicky Byrne has revealed the band were disgusted when a fan gave them a box of used tampons.
The Uptown Girl singers - who first formed in 1998 and last night played a triumphant homecoming gig at Dublin’s Croke Park - have been showered with gifts from devoted fans all over the world. But one in particular will haunt Byrne forever.
The 40-year-old boyband star told the Mirror Online: "We were in Argentina one night and it was chaotic outside the hotel with thousands of people and we were bundled into a van and as the doors were closing a fan threw something into the van in a plastic bag.
"People used to chuck cuddly toys into the van with little notes attached to them and sometimes bras and knickers and everything else you can imagine.
“But this time I opened the bag and I saw a box of Tampax. But the strange thing was, I distinctively remember that the box didn’t look brand new, it looked a bit creased like they’d sat on it or stood on it, so we were afraid to touch it. We opened it and there were used tampons in the box.”
He added that the late Boyzone star Stephen Gately had warned him to expect the unexpected when it game to presents from fans.
Byrne said: "I always remember Stephen Gately, rest him, he used to always say he got pubic hairs sent to him in the post sellotaped to paper."
The Flying Without Wings star also revealed: "We got a delivery of a turnip one time. We didn’t eat it. We wondered why and I remember once saying in an interview that Mark had toes like turnips and I think that’s why it was sent.
"There was also a weighing scale sent to us one time and we never knew whether that was because we were too fat or too skinny, we didn’t know, we couldn’t work out what they were trying to tell us about our weight."
And bandmate Kian Egan revealed sometimes encounters with fans could be "scary" and "creepy", with some even breaking in to the hotel rooms of Westlife singers Shane Filan and Mark Feehily and watching them without them knowing.
He said: "I’ve had a few scary moments where I’ve got out of my car outside my house at two in the morning and there’s somebody right there in your face.
"On this tour at the start we had people following us and hiding in the bushes at dance rehearsals.
"There were a few incidents where a fan hid in Shane or Mark’s room and popped out after about three hours of them sitting there and watching TV. There’s been some creepy stuff in the early years, it’s not like that nowadays.”