Former WESTLIFE singer Brian McFadden has paid out $18,000 (GBP10,000) to his guitarist after losing a raw sausage eating contest.

The recent trip to a German sausage factory saw the cocky Irish singer considerably out of pocket after he bet the axeman a massive $45,000 (GBP25,000) to eat a whole plate of raw sausages.

McFadden says, "It was like a dripping-with-blood version of black pudding - the most disgusting, vile thing you've ever seen in your life.

"Lead guitarist Chris decided it was mind over matter and went for it as we all sat there laughing.

"Eventually, he'd got right down to three left and I was starting to sweat so I said, 'If you stop now I'll give you ten grand'. I wanna be shot."

This latest incident has fuelled rumours that the Irish pop star will be left virtually penniless after he divorces his I'm a celebrity wife KERRY, having gambled away his $7.2 million (GBP4 million) Westlife fortune on a strings of crazy bets.

01/11/2004 10:47