Savage Garden: Darren Hayes reveals why he was 'deeply sad' at the height of his fame 1

Savage Garden: Darren Hayes reveals why he was ‘deeply sad’ at the height of his fame

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Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes reveals why he was ‘deeply sad’ at the height of his fame – as he releases first solo track in a decade


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Darren Hayes has spoken about the struggles he faced at the height of his career.

The Savage Garden frontman told the Herald Sun he felt ‘deeply saddened’ about not being able to express his true self.

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‘I had a huge sense of grief about my relationship to my sexuality, and grief about my career at the peak of my Savage Garden fame,’ Darren, 49, said.

Candid: Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes (pictured) has admitted he felt 'deeply saddened' about not being able to be his true self at the height of his fame

Candid: Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes (pictured) has admitted he felt ‘deeply saddened’ about not being able to be his true self at the height of his fame

‘The audience never truly knew who I was. And that made me so deeply sad,’ he added.

Darren came out in 2006 when he married his partner Richard Cullen in the UK.

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He recently released his first track in a decade, titled Let’s Try Being In Love, which he will perform at the 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in March.

'I had a huge sense of grief about my relationship to my sexuality, and grief about my career at the peak of my Savage Garden fame,' Darren said

‘I had a huge sense of grief about my relationship to my sexuality, and grief about my career at the peak of my Savage Garden fame,’ Darren said

Savage Garden, comprising Darren and guitarist Daniel Jones, formed in 1993 and produced a slew of No. 1 hits like To the Moon and Back and Truly Madly Deeply.

The band called it quits in 2001. Darren continued with a solo career while Daniel went on to marry former Hi-5 star Kathleen De Leon.

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It is unlikely Savage Garden will ever reunite because the duo ‘don’t have a friendship anymore’.

He's back! He recently released his first track in a decade, titled Let's Try Being In Love, which he will perform at the 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in March

He’s back! He recently released his first track in a decade, titled Let’s Try Being In Love, which he will perform at the 2022 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in March

Truly Madly Deeply was one of Savage Garden’s biggest hits.

The song won the 1997 ARIA Award for highest-selling single and single of the year. It also reached the number one spot in Australia, the U.S. and Canada.

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It was added to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s list of recordings in 2019 in recognition of its cultural significance.

Those were the days: Savage Garden, comprising Darren and guitarist Daniel Jones, formed in 1993 and produced a slew of No. 1 hits like To the Moon and Back and The Animal Song

Those were the days: Savage Garden, comprising Darren and guitarist Daniel Jones, formed in 1993 and produced a slew of No. 1 hits like To the Moon and Back and The Animal Song

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