Hayes Comes Out After Gay Wedding18 July 2006
The TRULY MADLY DEEPLY singer, 34, stunned fans when he made the announcement on his official website yesterday (17JUL06) - because he has never 'come out' as being gay before.
Australian-born Hayes divorced his former wife and high school sweetheart COLBY TAYLOR in 1999 after a four year marriage.
Hayes says, "On June 19th, 2006, I married my boyfriend of two years, Richard, in a civil partnership ceremony in London. I can honestly say it was the happiest day of my life.
"I feel lucky to live in an era where my relationship can be considered legally legitimate and I commend the UK Government for embracing this very basic Civil Liberty.
"I'm proud of who I am, and after what felt like an eternity, I'm finally in a place where my heart is secure and content. And I can finally make sense of all of the searching.
"To my mum, dad, sister and brother - thanks for always being so cool and loving me unconditionally."
Last week (ends14JUL06), Hayes announced he had left his Australian record label Sony BMG.
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