Stephen Gately’s widower Andrew Cowles is speaking out about the Boyzone star’s tragic death while they were on vacation in Mallorca last month. “We know from the pathologist’s report that Stephen died sleeping with me on the sofa,” Andrew told The Mirror. “I know that my boy fell asleep under my arm, his heart stopped, he didn’t feel any pain.”
Cowles, 32, finds speaking about Gately almost impossible at times. “I have found myself cussing him, just a few times, for leaving me,” he confessed, choking back tears. “It’s not fair, because he didn’t have a choice…”
Boyzone are out with the video to their Mika penned new single ‘Gave It All Away’, the lead release off the Irish boy band’s fourth studio album ‘Brother’, out March 8th via Polydor. Watch it at YouTube.
Update: Here’s what Mika has to say about the song:
I was shocked and saddened when I heard about Stephen’s passing, he touched so many people’s lives both with his music and with his wonderful personality. It’s an honour to hear him sing my song. I wish all the best to the rest of the boys. I’m proud of the song and proud of their version.
Ronan Keating of Boyzone premiered the boy band’s new Mika penned song ‘Gave It All Away’ on his Magic 105.4 radio show on Sunday (January 17), with vocals from and in tribute to the late Stephen Gately. Beforehand, Ronan spoke with his bandmate Mikey Graham.
Talking with The Sun about the song’s video, Ronan said, “The footage is incredibly raw and tough to watch at times but we didn’t want it being too mournful and there’s lots of laughter. It’s us reminiscing about the times we had with our other brother. My favorite scene sees us four sat around a table at the end with Stephen’s favorite picture hanging behind us. To film this video without him was one of the toughest things we’ve done.”
Listen to the song and intro via YouTube below.
Boyzone are furious with Georgi Dochev for selling stories about allaged sexual escapades with Stephen Gately’s partner Andy Cowles in the hours before Stephen’s death last month. “The lads are horrified,” a source close to the boyband tells The Sun. “It was a day for celebrating Steo’s life – not dwelling on the night of his death.”
Liz McClarnon checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@lizmcclarnon) on Monday (October 19), commenting on the shocking death of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, working in the studio, attending parties, and appearing on ITV’s ‘This Morning’. The former Atomic Kitten writes:
Firstly, I have to say I am deeply saddened by the news about Stephen Gately! As you all know I have been a Boyzone fan since they began and I was lucky enough to know him, once my own career began. Last year I took my oldest friend Aimee to meet the Boyz in Liverpool (she adored Stephen) and she was so happy to finally meet him. (I posted the pic on Twitter) Stephen took time for people. He always made you feel like he was really interested in what you were up to etc. He was a good, good man! God, Saturday was such a sad day for so many people!! All I can do is wish his family, my deepest empathy!
Ronan Keating read the following statement on Friday (October 16) at Palma Airport in Majorca on behalf of his Boyzone bandmates as they paid tribute to Stephen Gately, who died last weekend of acute pulmonary oedema:
Last Saturday our world changed forever when we lost our friend and brother Stephen.
We have come to Majorca today to accompany our pal on his final journey back to Dublin, where we know he will be given an unforgettable send-off tomorrow.
We’d like to thank the authorities here for their help and for the respect they have shown to our friend.
Stephen and Andrew had chosen to make Majorca their second home and we know that Stephen loved the times they spent together here.
The countless messages of love and support we have received this week have truly overwhelmed ourselves and the Gately family.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for each and every one of them.
We would also like to thank the media for respecting our privacy this week and ask that you continue to do so tomorrow.
Stephen lived to perform and truly loved being centre stage.
You can be sure he’s looking down on us now wishing we’d move over so he could flash his smile for the cameras one more time.
What the future holds for the four of us now is too hard to even think about.
But we know that nothing will ever be the same without our dearest friend, Stephen… Rest in peace, brother.
Watch the statement at YouTube.
Boyzone arrived in Majorca following the sudden death of bandmate Stephen Gately. A woman who saw Gately at the bar hours before his death said he turned down a drink from her father “because he doesn’t like to drink alcohol.” Watch a report from ITN, featuring footage of the Irish boy band arriving, below.
Police investigating Stephen Gately’s death in Majorca believe the star choked on vomit following a reported eight-hour drinking binge. The Boyzone singer was found dead by Georgi Dochev, 25, who had early been partying with Gately and his partner Andy Cowles before they returned to Stephen’s vacation home.
“I am devastated,” Dochev told The Sun. “I came out of the bedroom and found Stephen dead. I woke the husband. It is awful – I am in shock and I’m ill with it. I haven’t slept a wink.”
Update: Gately’s family is denying he died after an 8 hour drinking binge.
Westlife are reacting to the death of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately on their blog at MySpace (@westlife). The Irish boy band write:
We are, like everyone else, in shock today. We met Stephen Gately back in ’98 when we first started out and since then have had the pleasure of meeting him many times. He and the Boyzone lads paved the way for us as a band. He was a friendly, positive spirit and a passionate performer. Our thoughts are with Andy and the rest of his family, his friends, his legions of fans and of course his bandmates Keith, Mikey, Shane and Ronan who will be devastated at the loss of a truly beautiful person.
Kian, Mark, Nicky & Shane x
Some of Stephen Gately’s musical peers are reacting to the Boyzone star’s shocking death on their Twitter pages. Among them:
Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes): God my heart goes out to Andrew and the family and friends of Stephen Gately. What a shock. So young. So sad. x
Amy Macdonald: Stephen Gately found dead!!!!! I’m so shocked!! Stephen was my favourite!!! Xxx
Dannii Minogue (@DanniiMinogue): R.I.P. Stephen Gately
Brian McFadden (@BrianMcnugget): Heartbroken! R.I.P the beautiful Stephen Gately. Life is so unfair. We loved you and you’ll be in our hearts forever
Liz McClarnon (@LizMcClarnon): I’m in shock, I woke up to about 16 text, all saying that Stephen Gately died! My thoughts are with his family, partner and the boys! x x x
Matt Willis (@mattjwillis): My thoughts go out to Stephen Gately’s family! Whenever I met him he was a truly lovely guy! RIP!
Tom Fletcher (@tommcfly): How sad about Stephen Gately. Thats way too young to go.
Keisha Buchanan (@keisha_buchanan): Just heard the news of Stephen Gately passing:-( so sad. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.
Nicky Byrne (@nickybyrneoffic): A very very sad day.. My love thoughts and prayers are with Stephen’s family, Andy and of course Ronan, Mikey, Shane and Keith..