The Script frontman Danny O’Donoghue has said their latest number one album was “a little sweeter than the rest” because it came after a difficult year.
The Irish three-piece landed their fifth number one in November with Sunsets And Full Moons, which tackled a range of personal topics.
Dublin-raised O’Donoghue split from his girlfriend, Brazilian model Anne de Paula this year, and lost his mother Ailish to a brain aneurysm on February 14.
Speaking at Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball at London’s O2 Arena, he said it had been “one hell of a comeback” for the band.
He told the PA news agency: “This number one seems to be a little sweeter than the rest, given the backdrop and what we have all been through in the year.
“We never make music with that in mind – a number one song or a number one album – but for our fans this has been one hell of a comeback for us.
“We believe that it’s not called a long career – it’s just called a series of comebacks. After every album you come back again and again and again.”
O’Donoghue added: “I have to say, a big shout out to The Script family for really raising us up and holding us on their shoulders.
“We have a song called Run Through Walls which is about friends being there and people being there for each other – and they were there for us as well.
“It’s just as much our fans’ celebration as ours.”
The Script were performing at the annual concert on a billing which included Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Mabel, Tom Walker and AJ Tracey.
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