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In a statement Gately’s agent, Back Door Management, said: “Stephen was a very talented and much loved client and it was our great pleasure to work with him and our thoughts and condolences are extended to his loved ones at this very distressing time.
“Stephen was both in and out of the spotlight a genuine, funny and very charismatic man ” “We are shocked and saddened that he is no longer with us and had such a short life as he had much more to give.
Generally these were formed by record producers who had a large association with the lgbt club and dance scene and who thought an all-gay boyband would have as much success as any other.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your personal view of boybands), the all-gay line-up had only a fleeting success and they all disappeared after a year or two.
Obviously, all members of the band are “boys”, that is of any age up to their mid-20s (some even re-form when the members are in their 30s, but they still get labelled as boybands).
Their music is pop-based, and their band’s image is usually carefully managed – during one phase during the 90s lots of naked young torsos were on show!
In 2006, he became one of the first gay celebrities to hold a civil partnership, when he wed long-term partner Andrew Cowles.But who was the first boyband member to come out officially during his boyband career?During the 1990s, at the height of the boyband phenomenon, there was a spate of manufactured bands whose members were all, or almost all, gay.Gately first came into the public eye when he played a small part in the Alan Parker film the Commitments in 1991. The manufactured boy band scored six UK number ones and sold over ten million albums.In 1999, Gately took the brave decision to come out as gay in an interview with the Sun.
The Osmonds, the Jacksons and the Monkees were probably the first “proper” boybands.