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Ronan Keating remembers the emotional response to a song about Stephen Gately

Boyzone star Ronan Keating has said hearing Robbie Williams’ song about his late bandmate Stephen Gately leave him with “tears pouring down my face”.

The song, called The Big Goodbye, appears on Keating’s new album, Twenty Twenty, as a duet between the two pop singers.

Gately died of an undiagnosed heart condition at the age of 33 in 2009.

Keating said on Sunday Brunch: “Last October was Stephen Gately’s 10th anniversary and the boys and I celebrated and honored Stephen’s life.

“I came home that night and there was an email from Rob saying, ‘I saw you guys on television and I forgot I wrote this song about Steo 10 years ago and I put it away.’

“I’m in the kitchen with tears on my face while listening to this song.

“I said, ‘Man we have to do something’ and he said ‘Let’s do it.’

“That song is on the album and it’s great. I find it difficult to even listen to it. It is a very special song. ‘

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Stephen Gately of Boyzone (Barry Batchelor / PA)

Keating, 43, and his wife, Storm, 38, welcomed a daughter named Coco Knox Keating in March

He said they were “blessed.” She still slept much of the time

“Four months old and she’s still asleep – she’s sleeping 13 hours,” he said.

“It’s ridiculous. We’re so blessed. She’s incredibly beautiful.”

Keating said the child had not yet met his family in Ireland because of the closure.

He said: “The older children, their brothers and sisters, have no, my brothers and sisters and my father have unfortunately not yet seen her.

“Most are in Ireland, so they just can’t travel.

“So that was difficult, but thank God for FaceTime and Zoom and all these tools we have now to make it work.”

The Dubliner married Storm, an Australian fashion designer, in 2015.

They are also parents to a son named Cooper.

Keating has three other children from his first marriage to Yvonne Connolly.

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