On top of the world!

Ronan's achieved the impossible - he's left a boyband and gone on to have a hugely successful solo album, a bestselling book and film companies are desperate to cast him in their movies! So, what's next for pop's superman?

How's touring, then?
I am so excited about it! I played the Albert Hall last night, which was incredible. It's such an amazing venue, I loved every minute of it. I'm always very nervous before I go out on stage, but as soon as it starts, I relax. Having said that, on my first night, I totally bottled it. I was really shaking. But after about six or seven songs I stared to chill out and enjoy myself. Since then it's been fine, and I'm having a lot of fun.

Isn't it weird being on your own?
Yeah. I definitely miss the guys when I'm out there on stage alone. I miss their support when we're performing, and I miss the craic we have when we're on the road together. But I'm enjoying the freedom and the control I get from being on my own. I can do what I want to do on stage, no more dance routines or any of the bussiness!

Are you more worried about proving yourself musically now?
I'm not worried about proving myself as such, but I do definitely feel like all the eyes are on me, which can be scary. There's no escape if I make a mistake, so that's quite nerve-wracking. But it is quite cool, because I get to make decisions on my own now. So, there are good bits and not so good bits.

Do you get lonely?
Not at all!I've got my band and chew with me, and - most inportantly - I've got my family with me. My wife and Jack travel with petty much everywhere I go, which is so cool. Jack hasn't seen the show, 'cos it's too loud for him, and too late at night, but he's been to rehearsals which he seems to enjoy. It's great having them both with me. We all have a laugh, and we're together, which is the most important thing.

What do you think about artists who mime on tour?
Ah well, what's the point? You might as well put on a CD in your living room and listen to that. I think it's terrible. Never, ever, ever have I ever mimed on tour. Ever. And I never will. It's one thing that I believe set Boyzone apart from everyone else - that we never mimed. I think it's the reason we've lasted as long as we have as well, why we're been given the opportunity to become solo artists. So, no, I've never done it. Singing live is a very important part of what I do.

How's it all going Stateside?
It's fantastic! I was out there last weekend, performing with Elton John in Madison Square Gardens, which was incredible. The album's going to be launched out there in january now, so fingers crossed!

Is it important to you that you make it big there?
It's important to me that I make it big everywhere, y'know what I mean? It's not the end of the world if i don't break America, it's not all eyes on the US, but it would be nice. As I say, I just want to be as successful as I can everywhere that plays music!
I'm not going to turn around and say that America's the be all and end all, 'cos it's not. But I will work hard to make it big there

Is there anywhere that you're not doing well?
No, it's great, thank God! it's really kicking off well!

You've conquered the pop market, you've done incredibly well as a solo singer, you've written a bestseller - what's next for Ronan?
To be honest, to become a successful solo artist long-term, that's my true long-term goal. That's what I want to do, that's what I'm going to stick at. I don't really want to try anything else right now.

We thought you'd be taking to the big screen next......
Oh no, not right now. Definitely not. Maybe in a few years. I really haven't spent much time thinking about it, to be honest. I've been offered a lot of scripts, but I've never even thought about taking anyone up on their offers. I've got a big movie agency working with me, called William Morris, and they've sent me stuff in the past, with I took a look at. But unless I got a script through for a massive blockbuster, something like Mission:Impossible, I wouldn't be interested to be honest.

So you're interested in big action movies?
Yes, I'd love to do something like that, further down the road. It's the kind of movie I watch in my spare time, and it would be great to star in one. Other than that, I don't reckon you'll see me on screen any time soon!

We would've expected you to go for the more romantic roles...
I wouldn't be into that at all, I'm afraid. Taht's not my cup of tea.

Would Yvonne not like you having a smooch on screen?
I don't know... But I wouldn't do it, I wouldn't put her in that position.

Any possibility of seeing you in politics?
No way! I don't know where those rumours came from! I'm sticking to the music. That's my true goal, my passion, and I'm not going anywhere else!

Shane and Mikey both seemed to enjoy the buzz of Wembly Arena at the TV HITS Awards. Do you reckon there might be a BZ reunion sooner than expected?
I have to say, I'm really, really enjoying doing the solo stuff at the moment. I do miss the guys, and I am very much looking forward to working with them again soon, but right now this is taking up 120% of my time!

Most people are lucky if they become successful in one area of their life - why do you reckon you are able to dominate so many different fields?
I haven't dominated! I've only touched on them. Boyzone was definitely successful, and the solo career's kicking off... And the book's doing quite well! But other than that, I haven't dominated any fields! I've done a bit of presenting here and there, which I've enjoyed, a few bits and bobs, but I certainly haven't mastered the art of doing any of those things. I haven't even mastered the art of music. I'm just doing it, and enjoying myself!