Will & Grace star Sean Hayes engaged to partner
Actor Sean Hayes has confirmed his engagement to his partner of eight years.
The 44-year-old Will & Grace star revealed his engagement to Scott Icenogle, a music producer.
Although the pair are only revealing their plans to marry now, the engagement was kept a secret for several years.
The star’s representative said: “Sean Hayes and Scott Icenogle have been together for eight years. They are not yet married, but they have been engaged for quite some time.”
Despite starring as outgoing gay character Jack McFarland in the sitcom, Hayes has always been guarded about his own private life, only confirming he is gay in 2010.
He said at the time: “I never have had a problem saying who I am. I am who I am. I was never in, as they say. Never.
“Nobody owes anything to anybody. You are your authentic self to whom and when you choose to be. And if you don’t know somebody, then why would you explain to them how you live your life?”
It was announced last month that props and memorabilia from the long-running show will be included in an LGBT history collection at the Smithsonian museum.
The show’s co-creator David Kohan said: “The fact that it’s in the American history [museum], maybe we were a part of something that was bigger than we ever imagined.
“These particular guests that were invited into people’s living rooms happened to be your gay friends.
“I don’t think people really had the opportunity to have that before, and it served to, I think, make people recognize that your close friends were gay.”
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