Luke Goss

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He’s a man, yes he is... as our ex­clu­sive photo shoot

with Luke Goss shows. The ac­tor took time out from

his re­cent Bros re­union gigs to strip down and let

loose with Gay Times...

As an ad­vo­cate for kind­ness on his so­cial me­dia posts, Luke Goss is im­pressed by the LGBT+ com­mu­nity’s stance against threats to their rights un­der the Trump pres­i­dency.

“They’re lead­ing with a com­pas­sion­ate, no­ble and very dig­ni­fied stand­point,” he feels. “They’re let­ting love be their am­bas­sador and that will win in the end.”

There’s anger in his voice, though, when it comes to states like Texas seek­ing to roll back same-sex mar­riage leg­is­la­tion. “I can’t tell you how fuck­ing ab­surd is is that in 2017 we’d even be dis­cussing whether two in­di­vid­u­als should be al­lowed the union of love,” says Luke, a Lon­doner who has lived in the US since 2007.

“Mar­riage doesn’t mean shag­ging, it rep­re­sents love, right? So to have to ask per­mis­sion for that is some­thing that I’m deeply both­ered by.”

It’s a birthright, he be­lieves, to be able to leave your pos­ses­sions to loved ones, but it goes fur­ther than le­gal­i­ties. “The fact that some stuffed shirt in po­lit­i­cal of­fice some­where is de­cid­ing whether a gay man should have the right to marry the love of his life is a fuck­ing ab­sur­dity. We shouldn’t be dis­cussing it. It’s not a con­tro­versy, it’s a hu­man fuck­ing right.”

The Bros drum­mer and ac­tion movie star has had a strong gay fan­base ever since he and brother Matt (and, for the first cou­ple of years, non-sib­ling Craig Lo­gan) stormed the charts with When Will I Be Fa­mous? in 1987. Thirty years later, with tri­umphant Bros re­union gigs un­der his belt, the 48-year-old says of the con­tin­ued sup­port: “It’s deeply flat­ter­ing and I’m deeply proud of the gay fans be­cause as a com­mu­nity they rep­re­sent them­selves beau­ti­fully.”

Matt noted in a re­cent in­ter­view that the fe­male fans have be­come a lot friskier as they’ve gone from scream­ing teens with Grolsch bot­tle tops stitched onto their shoes to grown women. Is that the same with the gays? Luke bursts out laugh­ing. “Whether they’re teenagers or 50, they’re al­ways frisky when it comes to what they say. It’s beau­ti­fully frisky, but I take it with a pinch of salt be­cause I like to keep my­self grounded, so it’s a com­bi­na­tion of be­ing mildly shy and flat­tered.”

Pos­ing shirt­less for Gay Times is Luke’s way of say­ing thanks. “It was such a fun shoot and hope­fully the read­ers will like the pic­tures,” he says. “It’s a tough au­di­ence!” Ad­mit­ting he hit the gym be­fore­hand, Luke adds: “I didn’t want peo­ple go­ing ‘How dare you put that wob­bly guy in our mag­a­zine?’”

He needn’t worry. He’s in great shape, honed by ac­tion movies like Hell­boy II and two Death Race se­quels, high-en­ergy drum­ming on the Bros come­back shows and a full body work­out ev­ery day. He doesn’t sub­scribe to the the­ory that you should al­ter­nate. “I might back off on cer­tain muscle groups I’ve done the day be­fore, but if we were liv­ing an an­cient life­style we’d be gath­er­ing wood and us­ing our bod­ies ev­ery sin­gle day. We wouldn’t be go­ing, ‘Well, I chopped wood yes­ter­day so I can’t do it today.’”

Get­ting back on stage for the 02 gigs with Matt in Au­gust was a joy. “My day job of mak­ing films is some­times a very se­ri­ous busi­ness, although it’s my num­ber one call­ing. Mu­sic brings more fun and the con­tact with fans is more im­me­di­ate, whereas with films you only ei­ther see them at the premiere or the su­per­mar­ket.”

Bask­ing in the roar of a crowd who, our­selves among them, were thrilled by the per­fect mix of nos­tal­gia trip and stonk­ing good live show, he adds: “Mu­sic fans make a big­ger noise and it makes for a more sen­sa­tional day. To have that back in my life, es­pe­cially as an adult be­ing able to play the mu­sic the way we want to, is great. It’s like ‘Wow, this is fuck­ing cool!’”

A high­light of the shows was a cover ver­sion of Free­dom 90 as a trib­ute to Ge­orge Michael, with Luke’s singer wife Shirley Lewis – who worked with Ge­orge and counted him as a friend – join­ing him and Matt on stage. “As much as I didn’t seen him of­ten, he was and is deeply in my heart,” Luke says of the pop leg­end. “I al­ways thought he was a lovely, pri­vate man. I miss him and my wife misses him greatly. I’m deeply proud to have been able to call him a friend.”

There was a lot of love in the show be­tween the Bros broth­ers, although Luke con­fesses they fell out in the past. “We’re in­di­vid­u­als.

“A stu ed shirt in po­lit­i­cal

o ce de­cid­ing whether gay men should marry is a

fuck­ing ab­sur­dity.”

“We don’t have the same style or com­pletely the same out­look and, yes, we burned out on each other. But look­ing back, we had fun times and as the world gets more ter­ri­ble I want the next half of my life as an ex­pres­sive artist to be as an ad­vo­cate of love and kind­ness. Frankly I’m sick to shit of the other stuff. The hate is suf­fo­cat­ing.”

Luke is a thought­ful, eru­dite in­ter­vie­wee who doesn’t think he al­ways said the right thing back in the day. “In a weird way my life was rep­re­sented by fuck­ing sound­bites. Ques­tions would come fast and hard, you had to an­swer quickly, and nine times out of 10 you’d think, ‘Shit, that didn’t come across right.’ There were so many grown-ups around us im­pos­ing their view of how we should func­tion. I was a kid and didn’t know how to stand up for my­self. Now I want to do it my way.”

Suc­cess came quickly when Matt, Luke and Craig got to­gether in 1986. De­but sin­gle I

Owe You Noth­ing may have stalled at num­ber 80 when it came out the fol­low­ing year, but fol­low-ups When Will I Be Fa­mous? and Drop The Boy both peaked at num­ber two, and the 1988 re-is­sue of I Owe You Noth­ing was a chart-top­per.

When they spilt in 1991, Luke did musicals, then branched out into movies. He’s just di­rected his first fea­ture – an ac­tion thriller called Your Move due for re­lease next month – in which he plays “a nor­mal guy, not a su­per­hero”. He’s also ready­ing the launch of his own nu­tri­tion range and he’s set­ting the bar high, declar­ing: “I want to rein­vent the in­dus­try to a de­gree. I want to give peo­ple more, namely great nu­tri­tion for a shit­load less money. It’s nat­u­ral prod­uct de­rived nu­tri­tion, not syn­the­sised.”

Does he feel gay men are ahead of the curve when it comes to tak­ing care of them­selves? “With­out doubt. Some of my gay friends in Amer­ica are in in­cred­i­ble shape and when you’re work­ing out next to some­one who re­ally knows what they’re do­ing, it in­spires you to work harder.”

As for be­ing in Bros first time around, Luke was hap­pi­est dur­ing live shows be­cause the record com­pany ex­ec­u­tives were in the au­di­ence, not on stage telling them what to do. But he wasn’t so keen on the leg­endary French and Saun­ders skit that lam­pooned the broth­ers’ des­per­a­tion to be seen as men, not boys.

“I was deeply hurt by it be­cause the per­son I was be­ing por­trayed as wasn’t the per­son I re­ally was,” he re­mem­bers. “I was em­bar­rassed by it. It made me feel fool­ish in­side.” He laughs the laugh of some­one who doesn’t take him­self half so se­ri­ously any­more. “Now I think it’s bloody funny. Look­ing back, it was all part of that crazy jour­ney and a great com­pli­ment that peo­ple would have taken time to take the piss out of you.”

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