Benjamin Cohen, London

Westlife singer Mark Feehily has revealed he is gay. The singer in the leading Irish band told the Sun that he’s gay and “very proud of who I am”.

“I’m not asking for any sympathy, or to be a role model to anyone else,” he said, adding it was “the right time” to let people know the truth.

Mr Feehily who is 25 has revealed he is in a long term relationship with Kevin McDaid, formerly part of British boy band, V.

He says that his fellow members of Westlife who had 12 UK number ones were aware of his sexuality.