That was my first email address.
To some it seemed meaningless, like a 12 year-old’s attempt at profoundness. My sisters thought it meant something – so they constantly asked and teased me about it. But only real friends understood it — it was about Westlife.
Being young and closeted (I didn’t know I was gay back then, but I knew adoring boybands wasn’t normal), I wanted an email address that would convey my fandom without being too explicit. M_sic obviously meant music, 30 was my birthdate, and lyfer was an abbreviation for Westlifer.
Boybands were big in the 90s anyway — there was the Backstreet Boys, Nsync, Blue and A1. But only Westlife really appealed to me. I guess I was a 90s Belieber.
Funny how I used to buy Smart All-text 100 cellcards just to vote for World of Our Own in VidOk, how I collected UK-based Smash Hits Magazine (which costs P450, which was really expensive at the time) just because they regularly had a feature on Westlife and I always, always listed down MTV Asia chart rankings every Saturday, just so I could track if Westlife was going to make it on the year-end charts.
Westlife was the soundtrack of my childhood — I used to dance to Westlife songs in Papa’s office Christmas parties, even in school events back in grade school. Listening to “Somebody Needs You” or “Uptown Girl” today still brings back those memories of school elections.
A few days ago, news came out that Westlife is finally breaking up after 14 years (read more here). In their statement (read it here), Westlife said that it was an amicable parting, and that they will continue to be the best of friends.
Westlife are a family. We would like to thank our fans who have been with us on this amazing journey and are part of our family too. We never imagined when we started out in 1998 that 14 years later we would still be recording, touring and having hits together. It has been a dream come true for all of us.
I can’t help but feel that so emotional about it — it was like an era officially coming to an end. The boys are finally moving on — Shane is married with kids, Mark has come out a few years ago, Nicky & Kian venturing into their own recording careers (Brian has left the group many years ago).
All good things must come to an end, I guess. It was a good run anyway.
Thank you for the memories, Westlife.