Westlife star Mark Feehily (28) has signalled he will eventually tie the knot with his long-term boyfriend Kevin McDaid.
And given that after this week, he’ll be enjoying a 12-month-long holiday from the music industry, the singer plans to devote more of his time to Kevin.
“I get asked about this all the time and I’m sure I will eventually get married,” he told the Herald. “The fact is, I’m as happy as Larry with Kevin. Thing’s are going fantastically well between us. We’re together now more than three years and the relationship is brilliant.
“I have been talking about the issue a lot in our new Westlife book and I said a bit out about the whole ‘coming out’ issue and I meant it when I said it was the best thing I ever did.”
He added how it’s not something he thinks about “right now” but could see it happening in the future.
However, Mark may have to wait a few years yet before getting married in Ireland.
Justice Minister Dermot Ahern ruled out a referendum on gay marriage in the lifetime of the current government.
Speaking on Newstalk today, Mr Ahern said he “couldn’t go any further” in providing equal rights for gay people in Ireland.
“The government has gone as far as is legally and constitutionally possible. If we were to go any further we would have to put a referendum to the people, but I couldn’t see it happening in the lifetime of this government,” Mr Ahern said.
Mark first met fellow performer Kevin, a former member of boyband V, at the Childline concert in Dublin in January 2005 and just a few months later, came out of the closet.
Since then, he said he has received nothing but messages of support from fans around the world, who have commended him for his honesty.
One of the strongest couples on the showbiz scene, the pair have been inseparable since meeting more than three years ago and friends say they are definitely in it for the long haul.
And given that Mark and the rest of the band are taking a year-long break from music, he has ample time to devote to his personal life.
“Technically, it’s a year off but it’s more that we’re not releasing an album this year. We have done nine albums in nine years and it does take its toll. We wanted to get away from it all. We want to be able to go home, scratch our ar**s and do nothing,” he explained.
“I want to be around for my dad’s birthday and my friend’s wedding and all the thing’s that I’ve missed throughout the years, the things that you bite your lip for and say you don’t mind missing.”
He continued: “You do have to make sacrifices if you want to be a success but we feel it’s a good time to take a year off. Me and Kian are going to travel while Shane and Nicky have kids so they want to be home to wake up in the morning and be there for them.”
The Irish band will finish their sell-out tour of UK and Ireland by performing at the Liverpool Pops event this Sunday — which will mark their last performance for a year.
But Mark admitted that it was “unfortunate” that the weather affected their performance in Galway last Saturday, after scores of fans were forced to leave Pearse Stadium early due to the torrential rainfall.
“I heard someone say that three weeks worth of rain fell in about two hours on the evening but what can you do? You just have to get on with it. Before the show, I thought the whole thing might be cancelled but in the end, they went along with it and the decision was taken out of our hands,” he explained. “By the end of the night, 70 or 75pc of the crowd were still there and that was good to see.”
It said that Mark would have to wait for several years to get married in Ireland *sighs*, I feel sorry for him,
I know that Irish church still have big influence in Ireland, but still, England can do it, why not Ireland?
Enough of bad thought. Here’s some pitchers of the lovely Mark Feehily and Kevin McDaid otherwise known as Marvin 😀