The British singer Kavana (real name Anthony Kavanagh), currently starring in the UK reality TV series “The Big Reunion,” has just come out as gay.
Music video below.
In the 1990s, Kavana was the celebrity crush of thousands of teen girls; now, as he prepares to relaunch his career as a member of the band 5th Story, he has decided it’s time to be honest to himself and to fans.
In an interview with Now Magazine, he said, “Part of me is almost embarrassed it’s taken me so long to publicly say I’m gay. Here I am, aged 36, coming out—what am I doing?
“I’ve never come out publicly because no one’s ever asked! It’s become this huge elephant in the room.”
Many younger singers have historically been kept in the closet, either on the advice of others or by their own choice, for fear of ruining their careers. Though Kavana said his manager was also gay, it was years before he was out even to his family; sadly, too late to tell his parents, he said.
Though he was able to be casual about informing his sister—while dancing the can-can at her fortieth birthday party, he announced, “Oh, by the way, I’m gay!” but never told his mother or father.
He told Now Magazine, “My mum’s in a care home now. She’s got Alzheimer’s – it’s almost too late now to tell her. I don’t think it would do her any favors to let her know. My dad passed away four years ago.”
Though the singer reported he has had both romantic and sexual relationships with women, and somewhat wants to say he’s bisexual, the currently-single Kavana said, “I’ve had more intimate relationships with guys. If I change my mind one day, so be it—but right now I’m gay.”
He added that when he met his new bandmates in 5th Story, he simply said “no” when asked if he had a girlfriend, but “It felt weird so two weeks later I sent them all an email, saying: ‘Dear guys, there hasn’t been a right moment to tell you but… I’m gay.’
“They said, ‘It doesn’t matter,’ so I said, ‘Cool, well I don’t fancy any of you lot anyway, so don’t worry!’”
Watch a clip of Kavana, singing the hit “I Can Make You Feel Good” on an episode of the UK show “Top of the Pops” from 1997: