Former BOYZONE singer Stephen Gately has married his gay lover in a secret Las Vegas, Nevada ceremony.

The Irish star and businessman Andy Cowles wore jeans and baseball caps during the commitment ceremony in America's gambling capital.

Friends of the couple, who didn't exchange rings, say they decided to tie the knot on the spur of the moment while holidaying in the city.

Gately's agent GRANT LOGAN says, "They were ready for more commitment and wanted an intimate ceremony."

Since Boyzone split in 1999 Gately tried his hand at a solo career, but flopped and now appears on London's West End stage.

19/08/2003 02:19