Coronation Street’s Faye Brookes on SPLITTING from Gareth Gates

Gareth Gates and Faye Brookes

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Fans of Coronation Street star Faye Brookes and former Pop Idol singer Gareth Gates were left in turmoil last September, when the pair announced they'd decided to split after a six-year relationship

Fast-forward a few months, the pair reconciled and Gareth popped the question to Faye during a trip to New York in January, and now they seem more loved-up than ever.

Gareth Gates and Faye Brookes

Faye, who plays Kate Connor on Coronation Street, has now opened up about their split, admitting it's made their relationship "much stronger".

Speaking to Fabulous magazine, the actress revealed she didn't have any contact with Gareth during their break, adding, "That cut in communication from someone who is my best friend was good for me because it gave me clarity."

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Will Young

Will obviously beat Gareth Gates in the final and went on to release a string of massive singles including Light My Fire and Leave Right Now. He released a greatest hits album in 2009 and just missed out on a spot on The Voice UK panel to The Script's Danny O'Donoghue. In 2016 he joined Strictly Come Dancing; only to leave the show three weeks later due to 'personal reasons.' Will still makes music and will be releasing his book To Be A Gay Man in September 2020.

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Gareth Gates

Gareth released three studio albums after finishing in second place, including the absolute tune that was Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake). In 2014 he competed in Dancing on Ice: All Stars and joined supergroup 5th Story on The Big Reunion. He was in a relationship with Coronation Street actress Faye Brookes from 2012 to 2019 before being linked to DJ Chloe McLennan in July 2020.

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Zoe Birkett

Zoe came fourth on the show and released a top twenty single (Treat Me Like a Lady, which reached number 12) before being dropped by Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller's label. In 2014 she entered Big Brother (not even the celebrity version) and came ninth.

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Korben Niblett

The first contestant to be eliminated from Pop Idol is also known as Chris Niblett. According to his LinkedIn profile, Korben's been a Regional Education Manager at Estee Lauder Travel since late 2014.

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Darius Cambell

Darius Campbell (who back then went by Darius Danesh) had previously auditioned for Popstars with his cover of Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time; and returned to Pop Idol the next year. He went on to release five top ten singles and won ITV show Popstar to Operastar in 2010. Darius married actress Natasha Henstridge in 2011 but filed for divorce just two years later.

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Hayley Evetts

After finishing fifth, Hayley bagged a small role on Coronation Street and starred as Sandy in Grease alongside Robbie Williams' best mate Jonathan Wilkes. She auditioned for The X Factor in 2012 (though didn't make it past boot camp) and in 2016 was one of the candidates set to represent Romania at Eurovision before pulling out due to a severe knee injury.

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Rosie Ribbons

Rosie signed a five-album deal after coming sixth; releasing top twenty singles Blink and A Little Bit. After her record label went bust she was released from her contract, but Rosie did enter Australian Idol in 2007. Didn't make it through to the final 12, though.

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Laura Doherty

Laura now has a music degree after graduating from the University of Ulster in 2006. She also teaches hip-hop dancing in schools.

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Aaron Bayley

Aaron now plays weddings and functions as part of the Aaron Bayley Band (inspired.) He also joined fellow popstar-types Andy Scott-Lee, Stacey McClean, Rikki Loney and Kavana in supergroup G*Mania, who went on tour performing Glee songs.

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Rik Waller

Rik was replaced by Darius when he was forced to leave the live shows due to severe laryngitis. He released a top 10 single - a cover of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You - and appeared on Celebrity Fit Club in 2002. Back in March 2014, he was an exam invigilator.

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Korben Niblett

The first contestant to be eliminated from Pop Idol is also known as Chris Niblett. According to his LinkedIn profile, Korben's been a Regional Education Manager at Estee Lauder Travel since late 2014.

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Jessica Garlick

She might've only finished ninth, but Jessica went on to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest with Come Back. She even managed to come third, which is pretty bloody amazing.

She then said, "And it also gave him a very clear peace of mind as well. It’s as if he looks at me with a whole new respect. I feel empowered."

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Kate went on, "I can’t tell you how much stronger we are. It’s unbelievable how far we’ve come in such a short space of time. I like the way that we’ve not just gone back to our old ways but found 'us' again in a whole new light.

"It’s a very intense love, [like] nothing I’ve ever felt, and I don’t want that to go away. So I’m not letting it go."

The happy couple announced their engagement in January, withGareth later revealing he penned a 17-MINUTE song about their six years together, incorporating things which mean a lot to the couple.

He told OK! Magazine, “It was all about the six years we’ve spent together and I incorporated bits of songs that mean a lot to us as a couple. I got a bit carried away though – it went on for 17 minutes!”

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