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Singer made it OK to be gay and live in limelight

Richie Taylor

Published 12/10/2009 | 05:00

The fresh face of Stephen Gately back in 1998 when Boyzone launched the two million pound ' Flying Island' ride at American Adventure World in Derbyshire. Photo: PA
The fresh face of Stephen Gately back in 1998 when Boyzone launched the two million pound ' Flying Island' ride at American Adventure World in Derbyshire. Photo: PA

STEPHEN Gately paved the way for other gay boyband members to come out and speak openly about their sexuality.

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In 1999, the Boyzone singer was still living a lie. The band's manager Louis Walsh often planted stories and rumours of romances the popstar was enjoying with famous women. These included everyone from 'Baby Spice' Emma Bunton to Mandy Smith.

It was a throwback to Brian Epstein and his charge of John Lennon in the early 1960s, when Beatles manager Epstein feared there would be a backlash against the band if fans discovered that John was already married and had a young son.

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