Gay Pop Singer Darren Hayes Opens Up About His Marriage To High-School Girlfriend

I think there are all sorts of gay men but for me personally, I’m gay. I’m not bisexual, but I fell in love with my best friend who was a woman. Of course, back then I had no idea I was gay. I suppose I had inklings. I love my mother dearly, but my mother’s Catholic and she raised me like a Catholic; I was so ashamed and scared of my feelings that I couldn’t even admit them to myself.

Truthfully, I fell in love with Colby. I think we realized about a year into the relationship that something was wrong. I’m a very honest person and I’ve never been unfaithful. I think some of the difficulty I had identifying as gay was associated with negative stereotypes linking gay men and promiscuity. I also wanted to have children so I could give them the life I never had when I was growing up. It was a very real, beautiful relationship and I thought I could make it work. In the end though she deserved a whole person and I wasn’t able to give her all of me.”

British pop singer and former Savage Garden front man Darren Hayes, discussing his 1994 marriage to a woman, with Pink News UK. Hayes’ new album, Secret Codes & Battleships, is out now.