Boyzone singer Stephen Gately has announced that he is gay. Gately 23 , a member of the five-strong band, took the decision to go public after hearing that he might be "outed" - have his orientation disclosed by others. A statement issued yesterday by the group's press office, the Outside Organisation, said: "Boy zone's Stephen Gately today confirmed that he is gay. He made a decision to tell the fans himself and has chosen to do so in tomorrow's Sun newspaper.
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Gately went on to appear variously in stage productions and on television programmes as well as contributing songs to various projects. In , he rejoined his colleagues as Boyzone reformed for a series of concerts and recordings. Gately made his sexuality known in and came out to publicity. Upon Boyzone's reformation, Gately featured as part of the first gay couple in a boyband music video for " Better ", in what was to be his last with the band. Brian Boyd in The Irish Times stated: "Stephen Gately's death represents the first time that the boyband genre has had to deal with such a tragic situation". Gately grew up in relative poverty in the working-class Sheriff Street area of Dublin.
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The man who stayed at Stephen Gately's house the night he died has claimed they were having a two-year affair. Bulgarian student Georgi Dochev claims his previous statements about meeting the Boyzone singer and his husband Andy Cowles the night before the star's tragic death in October are untrue, as he had been having a long-term sexual relationship with both men. He admitted: "This is not true. We met more than two years before that night.
In what constitutes more proof so-called gay marriage does not work, it has been revealed, as Boyzone pop singer, Steven Gately, lay dying, after his "husband" Andrew Cowles, put him out of his own bedroom, making him sleep on the couch, he had sex with a gay man, Georgi Dochev, who they met and brought home from a "sleazy" gay bar that night. After their night of casual sex, in a marriage that had already shown itself to be very abusive , with Cowles viciously beating Gately, they found the singer dead on the sofa. In , Andrew Cowles right choked, kicked and punched Stephen Gately, outside a restaurant until he started bleeding and crying. Gay Boyband Member Found Dead.