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HEAVENS, GATES

HE SHOT TO FAME ON POP IDOL AND HAS SINCE CARVED OUT A CAREER ON STAGE — AND AN IMPRESSIVE PHYSIQUE. GARETH GATES TELLS US ABOUT STAMMERING, COCONUT TEA AND HIS LOVE OF DRAG
Gareth wears tights, by adidas
PHOTOGRAPHY: MARKUS BIDAUX

When did you first become interested in fitness?

I’ve been going to the gym for a while now, probably five years, but I never took it too seriously until about a year ago. I was appearing in Footloose in front of a thousand people every night and halfway through the show I Need a Hero comes on. I’m wearing a pair of dungarees which are ripped off me to reveal a pair of gold hot pants underneath. That’s enough to scare anyone to the gym.

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TO THE EXTREME Adventurer and extreme athlete Gavan Hennigan is at ease with himself. But that wasn’t always the case as cripplingly low self-esteem and a struggle to accept both his sexuality and his sexual preference, led him down a path of almost fatal self-destruction.