Mark Feehily in 2011
|Birth name||Markus Michael Patrick Feehily|
28 May 1980 |
|Labels||Sony / Syco (1999–2012)|
Markus Michael Patrick "Mark" Feehily (born 28 May 1980) is an Irish singer, and songwriter who was one of the lead singers and primary songwriters of the former Irish boy band Westlife.
He rose to fame as one of the three lead singers of the boyband Westlife. He shared lead vocals with Shane Filan. Before Westlife, him, Shane Filan and Kian Egan came from the band IOYOU, which released the single "Together Girl Forever". Louis Walsh, the manager of the 1990s boy-band Boyzone, was contacted by Filan's mother and came to know about the group. The group was established on 3 July 1998 with the addition of two more members, Nicky Byrne and Brian McFadden. Boyzone singer Ronan Keating was brought in to co-manage the group with Walsh. Mark has also co-written songs, some with the other band members.
Mark has sung completely solo on songs for the band in some instances:
- "Imaginary Diva" (from the World of Our Own album)
- "Moon River" (from the Allow Us to Be Frank album)
- "Talk Me Down" (from the Where We Are album)
- "Before It's Too Late" (from the Gravity album).
During live performances, he also sang completely solo for the songs "Oh Holy Night", "Imaginary Diva", "Talk Me Down", "Before It's Too Late", and "Il Adore". He has also co-written songs, some with the other band members.
Mark is banned 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.
Mark has spoken to The Boston Globe of his embarrassment about Westlife's Rat Pack-tribute album, Allow Us to Be Frank; he blamed Westlife's label for forcing them to record it after Robbie Williams had success with this type of music. He dismissed the instance as a "weird time" in Westlife's career.
Mark intends to have a solo career after Westlife and wishes to write a book and an album.
In August 2005, he publicly revealed he was gay during an interview with the British tabloid The Sun. Mark had recognised 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 had 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. In yet 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. On 31 December 2011, he announced via his Twitter account that he and Kevin had split up. . 
Mark is interested in charity works and 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 its victory in the 2011 FAI Cup Final.
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- "Mark Feehily split: Westlife singer and boyfriend Kevin McDaid break up after 7 years". 1 January 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
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- Feehily, Markus (6 November 2011). "Congratulations Sligo Rovers". Retrieved 6 November 2011.