Singer made it OK to be gay and live in limelight
STEPHEN Gately paved the way for other gay boyband members to come out and speak openly about their sexuality.
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.