WESTLIFE singer Mark Feehily has broken millions of girls' hearts by announcing he is gay.

The Irish boyband hunk insists he has always been comfortable with his sexuality and never felt the need to talk about his orientation in public - until now.

The 25-year-old says, "I want people to know the truth about my sexuality. I am gay and I'm very proud of who I am.

"I'm not asking for any for any sympathy, or to be a role model to anyone else. I simply felt it was the right time for me to let people know the truth.

"I have never tried to hide who I am from anyone, but I'm a very private person and in the past I haven't felt the need to say anything about my sexuality.

"But I want people to know I'm very comfortable with who I am."