Catholic singer Ronan Keating has given his blessing to protege Brian McFadden and his lover Delta Goodrem, despite their romance destroying McFadden's marriage to Kerry Katona.

Former BOYZONE star KEATING, who managed McFadden during his stint in Irish boyband Westlife, disapproves of sex outside of marriage and was famously a virgin until he wed YVONNE CONNELLY aged 21.

But the LOVE ME FOR A REASON singer has decided friendship comes first.

He says, "Brian is a good friend of mine.

"Delta's a sweetheart, she's a lovely lady. I hope they do another duet together and maybe an album.

"They're good together and they're very, very happy together and I wish them the best."