Butterfly was co-written by the former Westlife singer with Mark Mehigan and producer Bert Elliott, shortly after the chart-topping Irish boyband parted ways. It follows the release of the record’s lead cut Love Is A Drug, and is available now as an instant download with preorders of the LP.
The soaring, emotionally-charged number lyrically explores the highs and lows of a relationship breakdown, but the 35 year old says that it’s “not exclusively talking from the perspective of a person that’s lost someone, it’s also in parts self empowering” – something that’s reflected in the familiar “Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone” sample, taken from Joni Mitchell’s 1970 classic Big Yellow Taxi.
Speaking about the song’s video, he added: “Sometimes we see the dancers in love, dancing almost sexually, on the other hand sometimes we see them in a fight/battle which represents the challenges and ups and downs of any relationship... Although we love being in them, relationships can be very frustrating and it’s never black or white.”
Watch the official music video for Butterfly below, and preorder Fire ahead of its 16 October release here.