Boyzone’s Shane Lynch and His Struggles With Dyslexia
Lynch was born on July 3rd, 1976 in Dublin, Ireland. His father worked as a mechanic and encouraged him to participate in motor sports. Lynch’s four sisters were all talented singers and joined pop groups at a young age. He struggled with reading comprehension and was expelled from high school for cheating. “I knew I had a problem and I never sought help so I’m as much to blame,” he says about his expulsion. “I was very good at hiding it.”
Boyzone’s Rise to the Top
Lynch worked alongside his father in their family garage until 1993, when he successfully auditioned and landed a coveted spot in Boyzone. The five-piece was signed to the label Polygraph in 1994 and released their first album, ‘Said and Done,’ which reached number one on the Irish and United Kingdom music charts. Boyzone continued their winning streak with three consecutive albums of covers and songs written by the band.
Lynch became the outgoing spokesman for the group with his controversial public appearances and tattooed rock star style. With their demanding manager and tension between the band members, Boyzone broke up in 2000. They reunited for two albums and sold out tours in the late 2000’s until the untimely death of member Stephen Gately. A devout Christian since 2003, Lynch coped with the tragedy through faith and determination.
Post-Boyzone: Shane Lynch and Dyslexia
Lynch became heavily involved with motor racing, appeared in reality shows, and released solo songs during Boyzone’s hiatus. He published his autobiography, ‘The Chancer,’ in 2008. Lynch married his second wife in 2007 and became a father shortly after. Reading to his daughter proved to be challenging, and he sought assessment for his disabilities. Lynch was diagnosed with dyslexia and finally opened up to the public in interviews. He appears in the BBC documentary program, ‘My Secret Past,’ with his story and footage of his assessment. Lynch regularly reads to his children with help of a tutor.
Lynch’s secret struggle with dyslexia was a burden on him for 30 years. He hopes that by being open about his disorder, young dyslexics will reach out for help. As an international success, Lynch will educate thousands of viewers and inspire the dyslexic community through words and music.