“How can a light that burned so brightly suddenly burn so pale?”
Stephen Gately was always my favourite member of Boyzone. He had the most unique voice in the group and I always thought it was a great shame that he seemed to get less and less of the lead vocals. He had a great look and although I didn’t realise it until later, he was ticking all my gay boxes.
He took a big risk when he came out as gay. Thankfully, his fans stood by him and didn’t turn on him. He went on to have solo success with a great debut album and several singles. Unfortunately, the record company dropped him even though the album went top ten.
I still can’t believe that he is no longer with us. It just makes no sense. He always came across as a decent guy, albeit a talented one. Life just isn’t fair sometimes.
Here is his version of the classic “Bright Eyes”, sadly appropriate at this time.