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Darren Hayes opens up about being bullied because of his sexuality

Savage Garden singer Darren Hayes has opened up about the bullying he suffered growing up because of his sexuality. 

The 39-year-old star told that he was victimised for being gay, but his idol Michael Jackson helped him to keep his head above water and gave him courage when he was at his lowest:

"For me as a kid growing up, I was gay and I didn't even realise it, let alone accept it. I was told I was gay before I could even imagine it. I was incredibly bullied - ferociously bullied - as a child."

"I looked to this man (Jackson) that the whole world thought was a freak and I thought, 'That's normal' and he was this hero to me. He taught me to sing."

Watch his latest music video for 'Bloodstained Heart' below: