Born in Ireland, Mark Feehily, 37, first came to our attention as one fifth of Westlife back in 1998.
The band split in 2012 and have yet to reunite. After coming out in 2005, Mark has been with his Irish boyfriend for four years. He’s due to go on the road performing on Mariah Carey’s upcoming Christmas tour.
“I’ve always been a massive fan of Mariah Carey. Going on tour with her will be amazing. I’ve been a fan of hers since I was a kid and, going back to when Westlife worked with her, people often ask us what was our favourite moment of being in the band. Others might say singing for the Pope, but for me it was always meeting and working with Mariah, my teenage idol.
“There were small downsides to being in a big pop group. At the time, I used to hate missing birthdays or weddings. But the thing is, if I was at those events, I’d probably have been wishing I was over in London on a TV show. Hindsight is great! I find it difficult to remember any proper downsides.
“We were surgically attached when we were in Westlife. We have a bit more space from each other these days. Human beings can’t be constantly in the same little room all day, every day. We were running the business ourselves, very hands-on, making all the decisions, and I think we did well to last 14 years. We now have our separate lives and space, but we’ll bump into one another occasionally and we’ll text.
“I’d love to have kids soon. It’s something I think about all the time. I definitely want that for myself, 100%. It’s only a matter of time and I hope it will happen quite soon. I’ve been with my boyfriend for four years and we’re very happy together.”