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19 Jul 2006

Darren Hayes comes out after ''wedding''

Former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes has finally come out after announcing his union with British boyfriend of two years Richard Cullen in London last month.

Former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes
That's right folks. Aussie pop singer Darren is flipping channels and making some changes in his life. A few weeks ago, he split with Sony Music to start recording his new album independently. But he had even bigger news in store for fans this week. On his web site, he posted a letter yesterday that announces he married his boyfriend Richard last month.

"I very rarely make comments about my private life," he writes. "On June 19th 2006 I married my boyfriend of two years, Richard, in a Civil Partnership ceremony in London. I can honestly say it was the happiest day of my life. I feel lucky to live in an era where my relationship can be considered legally legitimate and I commend the UK Government for embracing this very basic Civil Liberty."

After meeting Darren and talking about his private life, I've always respected his wish for privacy. "Because you sleep with a certain person, it doesn't mean you have to reveal everything to the entire world. I'm sure you have an opinion about my sexuality, and that doesn't bother me," he told ArjanWrites in March (link to interview below). "The people that are dear to me know if I'm gay or straight. And that's what is important to me."

I commend him for finally coming out of the closet and sharing his happiness with his fans and others. What the world needs are more role models and Darren is a good one to have. Congratulations to Darren and Richard! (And I guess I can finally close this discussion.)

Read interview with Darren Hayes.

Reader's Comments

1. 2006-07-19 19:26  
I like him! I knew I loved you before I met you.
2. 2006-07-19 19:53  
i agree.. Darren Hayes must be commended.. arduous job to do that.. :)
3. 2006-07-19 20:48  
Tot he said he is not GAY :p.
4. 2006-07-19 22:03  
Richard Cullen cute or not? hehe
5. 2006-07-20 00:20  
u go boy!!
all the best,Darren :)
6. 2006-07-20 01:02  
I love Darren Hayes!! xxx
7. 2006-07-20 05:36  
is this true?? i always thought he's gay.. but never really believe my instict!!! wow.. i think the cute man are always gay.. :D lol
8. 2006-07-20 10:27  
Yeah, most cute men are always gay, that's what I agree. anyway, Darren Hayes is the type i like most !!! lol !!!
9. 2006-07-20 10:39  
Feel happy for him. Congratulations!
10. 2006-07-20 11:48  
I commend You DARREN HAYES oh no, rather I salute U for doing that !!! How I wish the whole world will find it in their hearts and mind to Open up, Try to Accept and Understand that Everyone is created Equal; Everyone is Special and has the Right to Live, Breathe, Be Happy and to Enjoy Life regardless of His/Her Sexuality or their own Sexual Preferences. Anyway. I love DARREN HAYES way back in SAVAGE GARDEN and then his Solo Career and even more now...He has a beautiful soul and beautiful Voice; so Keep up the great and beautiful works DARREN HAYES !!! CONGRATULATIONS to DARREN and RICHARD !!! Im such a big big fan from CHICAGO,IL(USA) !!! - KYLLE GALEN
11. 2006-07-20 12:02  
U both deserve to be HAPPY ^_^ Congrats!!
12. 2006-07-20 13:03  
It's about damn time!
13. 2006-07-20 13:07  
Dareen i love u :) u such a good singer btw no matter what u r ,u still my best singer . u performed very well last week in bkk .last word , enjoy family life :!!!
14. 2006-07-20 14:26  
well I add my congrats-but has anyone seen a pic of lucky Ric?
15. 2006-07-20 15:58  
Took him long enough!!! Congrats Darren and Richard!
16. 2006-07-20 21:08  
Congrats!!!You are truly,madly,deeply my inspiration Darren....
17. 2006-07-20 22:46  
I love you Darren... your songs are part of my life....... Happy Wedding!!!
18. 2006-07-21 00:05  
yes!! thats my boy* darren you have a done a good job**
Congratz~~ muaxx love you forever*

19. 2006-07-21 03:05  
I'll be your dream..I'll be your wish..I'll be your fantasy..I'll be your hope..I'll be your love... Be everything that your need...I'll love your more with every breath....Truly,mandly,deeply do...I'want to stand with you on a mountain.I'want to bathe with you in the sea.I'want to lay like this forever..Until the sky falls down on me......Darren!thank you for your song!!!From my heart:Happy New Life with Richard!Congratulation!!! :KEN:
20. 2006-07-21 14:39  
Thats my truly madly deeply boy Darren....I m happy for you...Congratulate to both of you.
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22. 2006-07-21 19:46  
another famous star outta the closet...Im glad!!
I knew I loved you before I met you haha...
23. 2006-07-21 22:58  
More information, please click
24. 2006-07-22 10:20  
OMG! like anyone is actually surprised that Darren is gay... C'mon... it's not hard to tell...
25. 2006-07-22 11:00  

Just kidding. He has gay written all over his songs.
26. 2006-07-22 13:51  
So true, the world needs more role models like this. It is them who have led me to discover the true myself to become what I am today!
27. 2006-07-22 17:20  
There really isn't much to be thinking about with Darren. I mean, if you have gaydar, its what attracted a lot of us to him and Savage Garden in the beginning, that, and the music we all seem to relate to in another sphere.
Watching Savage garden fall apart and Darren taking the time to search his soul, running off to the US to hide away; was a time for him to realize he can really be himself in this world and damn what anyone else thinks about it. I would think the burden he shouldered over the years keeping his sexuality hush hush is something we all are glad is over for him and he can be free. Enjoy the beginning of the rest of your life Darren!
28. 2006-07-23 22:18  
Something u shud've known!!!
29. 2006-07-24 10:12  
....He's a G....I knew it's like that! I love him~
30. 2006-07-24 11:35  
hi, if he were any gayer during 'savage garden' he would be like, elton john's fannypack. good luck with everything!
31. 2006-07-24 22:22  
Heck care whether he's gay/straight/bi, all we need to know is that he's a great singer & we love his songs.
32. 2006-07-25 19:30  
Anyway, I knew that he is the one since his debut.
No surprise at all.
Finally, he know who really are.
I will always love your music.
Welcome abroad.
Who's next?
33. 2006-07-26 20:13  
I thought we should have known or noticed like long ago!?
34. 2006-07-27 15:22  
Great on him for coming out!
35. 2006-07-31 08:21  
If only the United States would realise that freedom to love someone however they choose, is a God given right, and not subject to the thoughts and beliefs of others. Congratulations Darren and Richard, my boyfriend and I love your music and wish the best for the both of you.
Brooklyn & Barry
36. 2010-10-19 07:45  
um... i'm PRETTY sure he has been out for a while now...
37. 2010-10-23 17:14  
enjoy your wedding and have a good future ~

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