Irish singer Ronan Keating is wary of diving back into the dating world following the breakdown of his 14-year marriage.
The Boyzone star split from his childhood sweetheart Yvonne after a fling with a backing dancer hit the headlines in 2010, and his efforts at a reconciliation failed.
Now Keating has moved out of the family home in Malahide, Ireland, and insists the prospect of single life frightens him.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail Weekend magazine, "Now I'm a free spirit for the first time in years, but I didn't want that. I realise I liked being in a relationship... Being on my own is all new to me. I was young when I got married - just 21. So to be suddenly on my own, at 35, is weird.
"Although I'm single now, I can't contemplate dating again. That's the last thing on my mind. The thought terrifies me...
"My greatest fear is to be alone. That and failure. I don't feel lonely now because I've been travelling, but when you're on your own at home it hits you."