Markus Michael Patrick Feehily|
(May 28, 1980 - living) Ireland
Pop singer, songwriter
Mark Feehily was born in Sligo, Ireland, to Verdon and Oliver Feehily. He has two brothers, Barry (born 1985) and Colin (born 1989).
He rose to fame as one of the two lead singers of the boyband Westlife. He has also co-written songs, some with the other band members.
Mark is banned for life from the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles following an incident during which he got drunk and threw some items from a window of the hotel.
In August 2005, he publicly revealed he was gay during an interview with the British tabloid The Sun. Mark had recognized his sexual orientation when he was 14 or 15 years old. His family, band mates and close friends knew his sexual orientation. Westlife's manager Louis Walsh, however, was unaware of Mark's sexual orientation when he began managing the group. As the only gay member in Westlife, Mark kept his sexual orientation private and never had a boyfriend. Unlike his band mates, Mark did not discuss his private life in interviews, although he had dated women prior to his coming out. He was shown with girlfriends in the press, but "in order to avoid speculation". In another interview, he told The Sydney Morning Herald that despite the fact that the majority of Westlife's fans are female, there had really been no negative reaction.
During the interview with The Sun, Mark also announced his romantic relationship with British fashion photographer Kevin McDaid, a member of the now-defunct British boy band V. The pair, who lived together, had been dating since January 2005 after having met at a Cheerios Childline Concert in Ireland. Mark said that while he did not intend on getting married right away, he was happy to know he could form a civil partnership in Britain with the recent passing of the Civil Partnership Act. In December 2007, Mark and Kevin appeared on the cover of Attitude. After five years together, the couple was engaged in February 2010, which was confirmed by Mark himself via the social networking website Twitter. In 2011, Mark discussed the couple's plans concerning having children together and discussed their marriage plans. But on 31 December 2011, he announced via his Twitter account that he and Kevin had split up.
Mark supports the charity group Aware. He was shortlisted in 2011 as one of the top 50 most influential gays in United Kingdom. He congratulated his local football club Sligo Rovers on their victory in the 2011 FAI Cup Final.
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