He was an Irish pop singer-songwriter, dancer, children’s writer, and actor, Gately and Ronan Keating were the leading singers of Boyzone a pop group. Keating and Gately served like co-frontmen. With Boyzone, he had a record-breaking 16 consecutive singles was ranked amongst the top 5 in the United Kingdom singles chat. Gately performed for several fans globally. In 2000 Gately released a solo album; this solo album was ranked amongst the top ten in the United Kingdom as well as yielded 3 United Kingdom hit singles. He appeared variously on TV programmes, in stage production and he contributed songs to a range of projects. Gately rejoined the Boyzone reformed group in 2008, for a sequence of recordings and concerts.
Early life and family
He grew up in Dublin’s Sheriff Street area. Gately was the 4th born of the 5 children, his mother, Margaret a cleaner and his father, Martin an ex- decorator. Gately’s siblings are Mark, Alan, Tony as well as Michelle. He was raised up as a Catholic. Gately was mainly close to Michelle who was a Sister all through his life. He’s father had an accident as an outcome of which Martin had to be hospitalized for 3 months in September 2004. Gately’s mother took over a full-time job. He attended St Laurence O’Tooles’s, primary school as well as attended North Strand Technical College, secondary school. Like a teenager Gately appeared in a range of theatre performances and musicals at school like the Paycock and Juno. He was separated from his parents for many years, however he reconciled with his parents in 2008, as well as he visited his parents with Andrew Cowles in 2008.
In 1999, he came out as a gay, after he discovered that an association was almost selling to the media the information of his sexuality. He was then termed as a ‘champion of gay rights’. He suffered from melancholy as well as prescription drugs addiction, from 2000 – 2002.
He began dating Andrew Cowles, who was introduced to him by his mutual friends David Furnish and Elton John. In 2003, while on holiday in Las Vegas, they held a dedication ceremony in a marriage chapel. Gately and Cowles entered into a civil partnership On 19 March 2006, in a ceremony held in London. The couple resided in Highgate. Their home was broken in 2009 by thieves who stole £80,000.
He died at his Port d’Andratx, Majorca home, early on 10th October 2009. Gately’s body was later discovered in the morning. Gately’s death was as a result of a pulmonary edema.
Gately and Cowles had spent their evening in Majorca’s capital Palma, at the Black Cat club. Gately and Cowles came home with Bulgarian Georgi Dochev, whom they had met with that night. Georgi Dochev lived in the extra bedroom. Georgi Dochev discovered the body of Gately lying on a sofa as he was leaving. Georgi Dochev woke up Cowles; Cowles was sleeping in the couple’s bedroom. Cowles alerted the Spanish police at 1:5pm. The police believed that the death was as a result of abuse of substances like alcohol or drugs and no suicide signs or note of violence were discovered on Gately’s body. Gerald Kean the family’s spokesman described it as ‘just a tragic accident’. Gerald Kean was his solicitor all through Gately’s career. Kean informed Ronan Keating that Stephen Gately had died.