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Out of the BLUE

It’s been 16 years since Simon Webbe first stormed the charts with Blue. As he prepares to relaunch his solo career, the singer-actor talks to Gay Times about body image, gaining confidence, and why it’s important for men to speak openly about their mental wellbeing.


Simon Webbe is preparing to release his first solo album in 11 years; an excellent collection of grown-up pop songs called Smile. But it’s misleading to call this a “comeback”. Since his last solo effort, 2006’s Grace, he’s released two albums with Blue, competed in the Eurovision Song Contest, finished second on Strictly Come Dancing, starred opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Sheila Hancock in Sister Act: The Musical, survived I’m a Celebrity… Get Me out of Here!, and appeared in the BBC’s hit Scottish soap River City. Unlike some pop stars from the early noughties, he’s never really stopped working. Why does he think he’s still in demand? And where does his drive come from?

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Out of the Blue: Simon Webbe on why we need to stand up and start talking about mental health. Elsewhere in the issue, Five to Five recreate Take That's iconic Do What U Like video; Julian Clary on embracing one's queerness; celebrated queer actor Cecil Baldwin speaks out against HIV stigma; Shania Twain on the comeback she thought would never happen; Francis Lee on his 'British Brokeback' God's Own Country; an expanded style section that will leave you gagging; plus opinion, travel and much more.