Westlife star Mark Feehily announces engagement
Westlife singer Mark Feehily announced his engagement last week on Twitter.
The star and his boyfriend Kevin McDaid got engaged on their fifth anniversary. They have not revealed a date for their civil partnership.
Feehily tweeted: “Hi guys,ITS TRUE!!! Myself & Kevin are engaged!! We are so happy! Exciting times ahead,thanks for all ur kind words! Lotsa love,Mark&Kevin x”
The singer kept his sexuality a secret until he began dating McDaid in 2005.
He recently paid tribute to the late Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was the first member of a boyband to come out.
Gately announced he was gay in 1999, at the height of Boyzone’s fame.
Following Gately’s death in October, Feehily said: “Stephen was extremely brave. He was the first member of a boyband to come out, and, in hindsight, it helped me and probably lots of other gay lads to understand their sexuality and come out.
“Every time a celebrity who is admired by millions of people comes out, it’s one more blow to any negative stereotype out there.”