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UNITED MATES IN AMERICA

FORMER BRIT POPSTAR TALKS ABOUT THE PROPOSAL THAT WENT VIRAL AND THE NEW U.S. SAME-SEX LAW CHANGE

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PHOTOGRAPHY: CHRISTINE BENTLEY

No folks, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. That really is Craig Young, former member of kitsch 90s pop act Deuce. For those who blinked and missed ‘em in 1995, they were the pre-Steps boy/girl band who treated the nation to a string of cult hits such as Call It Love, On The Bible and the top ten smash I Need You. At the time, gay boys across the country were beside themselves with glee as they fell for Craig’s cute boy next door looks, hoping and praying that he was gay. As it turns out he was. But back then, in a world where gay popstars were a rare commodity, he kept his private life just that and lived a secret gay life. Only when he went to America to pursue a career in acting, was he more open (though warned to stay in the closet if he wanted to be a success in Hollywood) and eventually found love. Last month, his partner of nine years Michael Di Girolamo surprised the star of Sky One’s The Last Ship with a flamboyant proposal, complete with lip synching and dancers. A video clip of the moment hit the net just days before the historic same-sex marriage law change. We joined them at their home to talk about that video and their wedding plans.

Craig, congratulations on your lavish proposal. Did you know what Michael was planning?

Craig: No, not at all. Michael did a great job of not spilling the beans. I actually was planning my own proposal, but he beat me to the punch and I’m glad he did. I had no idea he was filming the whole thing. Michael had the excuse that he was planning something special for our friend Charlie’s birthday. So I initially thought the dancers were for him. Our friend Ken was interviewing everyone, so when he got to me I didn’t think it was unusual. In fact, I was filming a lot of it too, until the penny dropped.

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The annual Attitude Hot 100 is unveiled in this special issue, with a supplement full of 100 of the world’s hottest men as voted for by you! Who came out on top? Find out inside. Our cover features just a few of the gay celebrities featured on the list: Lance Bass, Michael Turchin, Charlie King, Sanjay Sood-Smith and Dino Fetscher. Inside we explore body image with a special presentation of ‘dad bods’, a report from the alternative East London pageant Mr Glory, and the unveiling of our new column about a compulsive overeater. We have interviews with X Factor star Andrea Faustini, pop stars MS MR, soul boy John Newman, performance legend Penny Arcade, and comedian Joe Lycett, who accompanies a full rundown of all things LGBT at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. All this, plus the usual fun and frolics!
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