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Eurovision Star Ryan Dolan Comes Out: VIDEO


Ryan Dolan, perhaps best known as Ireland’s contestant in Eurovision’s Song Contest last year (which saw the entrance of a pro-equality song titled ‘Marry Me’), came out of the closet in an interview with Ireland’s Radio One. As The Independent reports, the singer told radio personality Derek Mooney,  “In school I was confused about who I was, and it was really hard for me growing up because of that. It was hard to deal with because I knew that I was gay, but I couldn't get the courage to talk to someone about it.”

Dolan also admits that he contemplated suicide while struggling to come out: “I never attempted suicide, but it was a thought in my mind.” 

Perhaps Dolan's biggest fear at the time was what would happen after he came out to his father. When he finally shared his news with his father, Dolan was surprised by the supportive response he received:

“My father was the last person to find out because I was afraid of what he would think. I think he actually took it the better than anyone I told. I couldn’t ask for better parents, they’ve been great to me my whole life.

“My whole life I built it up in my head. The more I thought about it the harder it got. Telling my father was the main thing because me and my father would be very close.”

The singer, 28, also reflected on how quickly attitudes have changed towards homosexuality and how he wishes he had come out sooner:

“It’s not a big deal anymore. Things have changed compared to even when I was in school. Young people are coming out now at 15 or 16 which would never have happened when I was at school.”

“Thinking back now I wish I would have came out about it a long time ago. I think my youth was wasted worrying all the time about it. If I had been more open back then I would have been happier.”

Dolan's new single, ‘Start Again’ is set to be released on March 7. The music video for the song will focus on, “two young boys in school, who know they’re gay,” according to Dolan.

Watch a video of Dolan, clad in leather and accompanied by a bevy of beefcake, performing at the Eurovision Song Contest with his song, ‘Only Love Survives,’ AFTER THE JUMP…


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  1. Knew it!!!

    On a side note though, he got the lowest scoring song last year... perhaps not the highest profile person to come out....

    I liked it though, perhaps with a little reworking, less schlager...

    Posted by: Vera | Feb 11, 2014 6:14:09 PM

  2. I knew that entry was so homerotic for a reason!

    Posted by: litper | Feb 11, 2014 6:36:12 PM

  3. He's cute....the "bevy of beefcake" even more so.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Feb 11, 2014 6:38:45 PM

  4. That's nice,,,can we have more info on those sexy shirtless drummers?! Whoa!

    Posted by: Eric Gonzalez | Feb 11, 2014 6:59:45 PM

  5. Really! After those hunky shirtless drummers, do you really have to tell us you are gay?

    Nice stuff!

    Posted by: Joel | Feb 11, 2014 7:17:04 PM

  6. He's gay?....Cue the surprise....

    Posted by: Ankerich | Feb 11, 2014 7:24:44 PM

  7. What a shock, the whiny boy band boy with tribal dancers is gay. How tiresome.

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 11, 2014 7:24:59 PM

  8. Of course he's gay, another sugar-coated cherub to be proud of and to wish well (especially back stage with one or more of those energy bars doing the pounding, er drumming). It's all good.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 11, 2014 7:50:25 PM

  9. I am irritated he took down all his utube covers/songs. I enjoyed listening to them. But it was no surprise at all.

    Posted by: spg | Feb 11, 2014 8:27:46 PM

  10. Another fine role model for young gay people. Go Ryan!!!

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 11, 2014 8:39:29 PM

  11. This song will never hold a candle to "My Lovely Horse" though.

    Posted by: Buddy Cole | Feb 11, 2014 8:51:10 PM

  12. @ENCHANTRA: Speaking of tiresome ...

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 11, 2014 9:12:40 PM

  13. More info on the drummers (from Wikipedia): "The Irish performance featured Dolan supported by two backing vocalists: Leanne Moore and Alison Vard Miller, two backup dancers who also play bodhrán drums: Alan McGrath and Colm Farrell, and a main drummer who uses three larger mounted drums: Nick Bailey"

    And here's an interview with the dancers/drummers:

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Feb 11, 2014 9:16:20 PM

  14. the more the merrier Ryan

    Posted by: LG | Feb 12, 2014 4:13:36 AM

  15. I must admit I've never heard of him.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 12, 2014 7:57:43 AM

  16. Never heard of this person, but good for him! Welcome to the out-and-proud family!

    Posted by: Joseph | Feb 12, 2014 8:17:09 AM

  17. I want me a yummy drummer. Any of 'em.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Feb 12, 2014 12:59:40 PM

  18. The closet was open since quite sometime ago...

    Posted by: lukebrux | May 9, 2014 7:02:05 AM

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