Markus Michael Patrick Feehily (born 28 May 1980 in Sligo, Ireland), better known as Mark Feehily, is one of the lead singers of the popular Irish vocal pop group, Westlife.
In Westlife's music, He shares lead vocals with Shane Filan.
Before Westlife Mark, Shane Filan and Kian Egan came from the band IOYOU where he had partly written the band's songs, "Everlasting Love" and "Together Girl Forever".
Feehily has spoken to The Boston Globe of his embarrassment about Westlife's Rat Pack album Allow Us to Be Frank and blamed their record company for forcing them to record it after Robbie Williams had success with this type of music but dismissed Westlife's as "a weird time in our career, really". Feehily has sung completely solo on songs for the band in some instances: a song the band wrote called "Imaginary Diva" of World of Our Own album and externally written "Talk Me Down" of Where We Are album and also " Before It's Too Late" of "Gravity. At live performances, he also sang completely solo for the song "Silent Night".
Mark has also co-written songs, some with the other band members, including:
- "Imaginary Diva"
- "Reason For Living"
- "Crying Girl"
- "You Don't Know"
- "Never Knew I Was Losing You"
- "Where We Belong"
- "Singing Forever"
- "I Won't Let You Down"
- "You See Friends (I See Lovers)"
- "I'm Missing Loving You"
- "Miss You When I'm Dreaming"
- "Reach Out"
- "If That's What Love Is"A
- "Before It's Too Late"A
- "I'll Follow You"A
- "I Will Reach You"
- "Too Hard To Say Goodbye"
Mark's parents are Marie Verdon and Oliver Feehily. He has two younger brothers named Barry Feehily (born 1985) and Colin Feehily (born 1989).
Feehily publicly came out as gay in the British tabloid The Sun, and announced his long-term relationship with Kevin McDaid, a member of the British boy band V. In an interview he said, "My life has got umpteen times better. My sexuality doesn't define me as a person, but it's a huge part of anyone to be open about it. It's changed my life totally as I feel so much happier and at ease. It's the best thing I've ever done." Unlike his band mates, for years Feehily did not discuss his private life. His manager Louis Walsh was unaware of Feehily's sexual orientation when he picked him for the band.
The pair have been dating since January 2005 after having met at a Cheerios Childline Concert in Ireland. In yet another interview, Feehily told The Sydney Morning Herald that despite the fact that the majority of Westlife's fans are female, there had really been no negative reaction. "I am so much happier now and I think our fans can see that," he said. "Through the years of getting to the point where I wanted to come out, I had to go through every kind of emotion, but I can honestly say that the day before I came out, I didn't care what the reaction was going to be. That was the hardest point to get to."
Feehily said that while he did not intend on getting married right away, he is happy to know he could form a civil partnership in Britain with the recent passing of the Civil Partnership Act. They both say that when the time is right, they will look into having a civil partnership ceremony.
In December 2007, Feehily and McDaid appeared on the cover of Attitude. They also did a joint interview. In this interview, Mark stated that he wants to grow old with Kevin, and that the pair believe that they will be together forever.
Mark and Kevin got engaged on 28 January 2010 and Feehily confirmed the news via Twitter.
In 2011 Mark discussed the couples plans concerning having children together and discussed their marriage plans:Asked if he had given any thought to how the couple might become parents, Feehily replied:
"I would take some serious time to look into all the options. Everybody's got their own circumstances, so there's no simple answer about what's going to be right for you or the kid... Asked about his other future plans with McDaid, Feehily replied: "We're best friends and we live together and we're going to get married soon. I can't wait, but we haven't finalised the date."
He support charity group "Aware".