Darren Hayes and his incredibly gorgeous mug have released the man’s first new track and clip in a decade. It’s titled Let’s Try Being In Love, and it’s a glorious, violescent disco banger.

His reflections on its themes are most poignant:

“I’ve been married to Richard (Cullen) for almost 17 years, I’m in this really comfortable place in my life,” he says. “But at the same time, at mid-life, I’m grieving the fact I never got to celebrate who I really was at the period of my life where I was most famous.

“I look at this world we live in now, where someone like Lil Nas X can push forward his true self, full of pride and self-love, and have the chance to be loved for who he truly is. I was realising with great sadness that I didn’t get that experience. A lot of the time I was my most famous, I was deeply sad.”

Emerging from that chrysalis into the man he is today didn’t come easily, but Hayes is now a bona fide gay icon. And what do gay icons do? They perform at Mardi Gras, of course:

“I couldn’t be more excited to return to Australia to headline the 2022 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade,” he says of this additional, mega-exciting news. “Last year, I was in awe, along with the rest of the world, as Australians united and came together safely to celebrate our vibrant and resilient community. I decided in that moment, if this could happen again in 2022,  I was going to do everything within my power to come home and celebrate with you.”

Love this for him! Love this for the community!

Check out the excellent Let’s Try Being in Love below.