Darren Hayes was ‘blamed’ for breaking up with Savage Garden and releasing new album Homosexual | Exclusive interview
For more than 20 years, Darren Hayes was “blamed” for breaking up with a band he never wanted to leave.
In the 1990s, Savage Garden was on top of the world.
The boys from Brisbane – Hayes and Daniel Jones – had a huge hit after hitting big on two big albums, the first of which came out of the same name in 1997 and their subsequent huge success. Confirm in 1999.
Watch 9Honey’s interview with Darren Hayes in the four videos at the top.
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But in 2001, Australia’s musical fairy tale came to an abrupt end – and Hayes was condemned.
Now, Hayes has opened her heart to give her opinion on the end of Savage Garden.
Hayes told 9Honey Celebrity in an interview in Sydney: “I was blamed for that when my partner in the band, he himself decided to end the band.
“And, while there’s nuance to that, yes, we’ve privately talked about the fact that we’re unsure of its timing for legal reasons.
“The deal we made was when I released a solo album [in 2002]Daniel promised me that he would tell the world that it was his idea, because everyone knows when a band breaks up, everyone thinks the singer has an ego.
“I never wanted the band to disband.”
Their hits were repeated on the radio, dominating the charts from 1996 to 2001: Really deeply insane, To the moon and back, I know I love you, I want you, Break Me Shake Me, Confirm, Animal song.
Together, Hayes and Jones have sold more than 24 million albums and won 14 Arias awards during the band’s short lifespan.
But Jones – by self-identifying years later – hates the reality that comes with being a pop star.
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Hayes said, “I even said to Daniel, ‘Look, why don’t we write our solo songs together? “
“I did everything in my power to keep him happy because he was very sad, which I sympathize with. He was very sad to be away from home and in the public eye, but I have never Thinking about solo career now.
“You can imagine the pressure of having a solo career when you don’t want to be a solo artist, but you’re also gay and you know the record company at the time didn’t want a solo artist. gay doctor?”
Hayes is talking about his past as he looks to the future.
He just released his fifth solo album, Homosexualityand is touring Australia in early 2023.
But things for Hayes are very different now than they were at the band’s peak, as he hid his gender from the world behind what he called an “avatar.” .
In part one of 9Honey’s interview, Hayes explained how during his time at Savage Garden, he expressed himself “entirely through music” and “dropped breadcrumbs and cues.” these and suggestions” about his true sexual identity.
During those years, Hayes was married to a woman, Colby Taylor, but they later divorced in 2000.
Just years later, in 2005, Hayes announced to the world that he was married to his boyfriend, Richard Cullen. Now, 17 years later, they are still happily married.
“I’m grateful that I was never ‘out’ because I wasn’t ‘in the closet,'” Hayes said of his time at Savage Garden and then the early years of his solo career.
“Everybody who knows me personally knows I’m gay, the record company certainly knows I’m gay, and they’re working so hard to ruin my career. .
“It’s heartbreaking. So what’s happening is the band is over and that whole experience is incredibly heartbreaking because I’ve been betrayed.”
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Since ending the band, Hayes has gone on to release five solo albums. His latest, Homosexualityappeared after 11 years of hiatus in the music industry.
Many fans fear he will never return. Hayes wasn’t sure either.
Hayes came out on the other side stronger than before, surviving a battle with his old record label that didn’t support his music and essentially left him fighting on his own.
“When I filmed a music video for No limit [off his first solo album Spin] I look exactly the same today, and the studio saw that and said, ‘He looks gay, he looks gay, we need to go back to this music video’.
“They canceled all my promotions in the US, my debut as a solo artist in the US after selling 24 million albums was a meet and greet with a newspapers and then they took me to Europe.
“Well, thank God, Europe is much more advanced and Europe and England love me.”
However, Hayes said, the people at the record company effectively “destroyed” his career.
“I don’t blame Australians for thinking ‘what happened to Darren Hayes?’ Well, I was buried.”
Jones’ decision to leave Savage Garden is not a personal attack on Hayes.
But to this day, Hayes questions why Jones never set the record right why the band ended.
“If I had held onto that resentment, even about the band’s disbandment, I would no longer be in Daniel Jones’ life but I would have forgiven him.
“I’m very protective of the band’s legacy and no one wants to see us argue, and I love the music we made and those memories.”
Even if Savage Garden outlasts them, Hayes believes he and Jones will eventually be apart.
“The music has changed. The music suddenly took up a square as soon as Savage Garden ended and I’m so proud,” he said.
“I don’t usually want to speak for Daniel but I’ve heard him say this before and I think we’ll both agree, we’re proud we left a high note.
“We’ve got a perfect, untouchable record on these two great records, and I love that we’ve left it the way it is.”
After releasing his previous four solo albums, Hayes took a 10-year break in music.
He’s learned to improvise, write musicals, do podcasts, and develop the skills he needs to do everything on his own on his new album.
“It forced me to develop new skills, and this album I’m very proud of because on the back of the cover it says production, performance, choreography, everything by me.”
Hayes turns 50 in May and says he’s finally able to present himself as a fun and openly gay artist. But it took a long time.
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“In therapy, I realized that my whole life has been a dynamic created from a dream I had when I was 13 years old, to see Michael Jackson in concert at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. I said, ‘I’ll do that one day’.
“Ten years later we [Savage Garden] sold out the place. Suddenly, I’m 40 years old, I’ve achieved all my dreams but I feel a bit empty and I don’t know why. And that’s because I probably stopped challenging myself, I stopped enjoying myself.
“I took some time off but I was really sad. I was very sad and it took a while for me to realize, like my sexuality, an integral part of my soul, as an artist. It’s the same and I’m denying it.” “
After watching the movie 2017 Call me by your nameHayes wrote Try to be a lover which became his first single in 11 years and the first release from Homosexuality.
The song, he said, is “real about sex drive, about feeling still attractive and alive and handsome and sexually available in your 50s”.
“I just thought, ‘I need to feel life’s nectar again’ and that song is very autobiographical. I long to feel loved again and I’m happily married but I’m so self-absorbed and I think I was complacent in my life and once I got back into the music, into the synthesizers and into the ecstasy of sound, that’s when I started to find myself again. and I’m starting to face some of the sadness I’m going through.”
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Homosexuality Hayes is someone who “relives, re-creates and recreates a gay youth that I never experienced”.
“I can’t go to the club, I can’t hold my son’s hand, I can’t kiss on the dance floor but you know what I have to do? Where can I make a music video I can choose Chris Evans’ brother? [gay actor Scott Evans],” he says.
“I just thought, ‘I’m going to make a music video about how it feels when I debut,’ and it was both the most terrifying experience of my life and the most joyful experience of my life.”
But what next for Hayes, who has clearly accomplished more than many other musicians?
As a parent of a Labradoodle, Huxley, Australia, I asked if becoming a father was something in the future for him and Cullen.
“I just feel like I’m going to be such a good dad that I’m going to disappear again, so the good news is that I don’t have a biological clock that forces me to be,” says Hayes.
“I know Richard would be such a good father. I wouldn’t rule that out. It’s not going to happen in the next few years because I have a lot of touring and a lot of work to do but I love kids and we have the dog Huxley, He’s a big kid, he’s two and a half years old but I wouldn’t rule that out. I love kids.”
Hayes will be busy in the coming months. He will tour Australia, UK, US and Canada early next year, playing songs from his solo career and Savage Garden.
It’s been 25 years since the first Savage Garden album came out, and he promises fans “great nostalgic moments”.
“I’ll play anything you want me to play,” Hayes said of Do you remember? tour.
“It’s been a thrilling time. I just feel really lucky.”
Homosexuality now out and available on CD, vinyl or digital download, here. Buy tickets for Do you remember? tour here.
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