“I think I can say this now…” Former Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes just aired a big reveal about his past dating life.
Singer Darren Hayes shared a truly wild tale on his close encounters with pop superstar Madonna on this morning’s broadcast.
The former Savage Garden frontman and lifelong Madonna fan confessed that in the past he had dated not one, but two members of the Queen of Pop’s inner circle, including her brother.
“I think I can say this now because I’ve been married for 17 years, but I’ve been on a few dates with her brother,” Hayes revealed to Fitzy and Wippa on Nova this morning.
Madonna’s younger brother Christopher was a close confidant of his sister throughout her career, even serving as her backup dancer in the ’80s — but the couple famously fell apart after he wrote an all-encompassing book in 2008, Living with my sister Madonna†
And Hayes confessed that he also briefly dated Alek Keshishian, director of the 1991 documentary About Warts and Everything. In bed with Madonna†
“The point was I wasn’t much of a Madonna stalker. They could have introduced me to her the whole time. And it was really important to me to let them know like, ‘No, I like’ you† I don’t love her,’ even though I gagged to meet her,’ he said.
Hayes explained that neither short-term relationship worked
“Christopher and I just didn’t learn. Alek and I had a very special bond… but it just wasn’t love for me.”
And while he never actually met Madonna while dating two men close to her, Hayes still got his audience with the pop icon years later — after marrying husband Richard Cullen in 2005.
He explained that he had been invited to an intimate house party by a friend who also knew Madonna – and when he arrived with Richard, he found that both Madonna and Alek were in attendance.
“I walk into the room, I scan the room, and there’s a golden light from God on Madonna,” he joked.
Hayes said meeting his idol didn’t disappoint: Madonna knew who he was and even remembered attending a Savage Garden concert in 1998, telling him she loved it.
But Hayes said the mood changed later at the party when he saw Alek whispering in Madonna’s ear – he assumed he was filling in on Hayes’ relationship history with both him and her brother.
Hayes said he and his husband fled the party early, worried about what Madonna would think of him.
“I don’t know if she loves me now, because of course she would have learned all those things,” he said.
Hayes married his high school sweetheart, makeup artist Colby Taylor, in 1994, but the couple split in 1998 at the height of Savage Garden’s fame. He came out publicly in 2005, the day before his wedding to Cullen. He is currently in Australia promoting his new solo material – new single poison blood is out now – and 2023 national tour.