News | Beccy Cole | Official Website
Circle August 24 on your calendar, this will be the date you can get Newlyweds, Beccy Cole and Libby O'Donovan have announced. Country music singer Beccy Cole says revealing her true self finally Country musician Beccy Cole (right) and her partner and artist Libby O'Donovan. heard my 'girlfriend' screaming down the phone and took it from me. Beccy Cole at the Sydney Country Music Festival eventually led her to the love of her life – another Adelaide singer and performer by the name of Libby O'Donovan. One former girlfriend is referred to as “Trouble”.
I was a lesbian, no doubt about that. My heart was pounding. I always knew there was a big piece missing from my puzzle, I had denied myself this discovery for too long. It was actually a huge relief, I was very excited, life was about to begin! I felt as though I had needed glasses all of my life and someone finally handed me a pair.
All I knew was that I needed to tell someone or I would burst. I was nervous about saying it out loud but to finally tap into a part of myself that had been denied for so long was too important to keep to myself. She was, after all, a fun and accepting kind of gal and I think there was something to be said for telling a new friend first. As we chatted, I told her that I had made a big discovery, that I was gay.
She was great with the news; sympathetic, encouraging, supportive and then… available. Under her spell, I was easily convinced to keep my sexuality and our relationship a secret. I hate admitting that she had me completely wrapped around her finger. I supported her and she controlled me. She was mean and abusive and a master manipulator, she was my kryptonite. I hated keeping such a huge part of my life a secret, ones sexuality is the core of who they are, to hide it is to hide your true self.
It was stifling and unhealthy. I had to lie to family and to close friends, it went against everything that was natural to me. I grew up in Broken Hill. My dad was the priest at the Anglican Church there. She was always loud, fun, a tomboy. Her sister wanted her to play Barbies, well Libby was not a Barbie doll player.
Beccy Cole fights for same-sex marriage while making wedding plans with partner Libby O'Donovan
I trained in jazz, and then I moved into cabaret. When I think about it, I always knew I was gay. I had the odd cover-up boyfriend. I was in a relationship with a woman for about 10 years and we had Maisie.
She was still only 9 months old, the relationship broke down. Well the reaction to me coming out in was overwhelmingly positive, and I got so incredibly emotional. One of my favourite things was the reaction of gay people that live in regional Australia, because I think they appreciated that somebody I guess that visits their towns put her hand up and said: A lot of people who were in the same boat wanting to come out, not knowing whether they should or not.
So she found herself mentoring other people, and helping people get through. I was really so nervous before my first performance after coming out on TV.
And I walked out and they stood up. I stood there, the ovation was overwhelming. I felt their love and it took me ages to actually open my mouth to sing because I was soaking in this love.
When Beccy Met Libby - Australian Story
At the time of Bec coming out, her love life was as far as I was concerned, nil. I was overwhelmed with invitations to sing at gay events and rainbow affairs and lesbian days, and I said yes to every one of them because it was so thrilling. I got her number and sent her a text. What a wonderful talent. When you know, you know. When you look at us singing the track, you can see the moment that we fall in love.
You can see the moment where my heart goes ping. What was the best bit?
Oh, I had a guest get up tonight, and she was fabulous, I really enjoyed that. Our first mainstream public outing as a couple after we met was Tamworth Country Musical Festival. We walked the red carpet together, probably the first same sex couple ever in the history of the Tamworth Country Music Festival. The next thing was the Sydney Mardi Gras, and I got to be in the parade on a truck.
By this time she was seen as a gay icon, and a spokeswoman for issues that are specifically relating to the gay community. It felt great to be here and great to be out. Look how beautiful that is. The house that we bought in the foothills of Adelaide is the first house that we went and looked at and I just fell in love with it.
Yeah once mum met Libby she was much happier. So Maisie is seven and she lives between two homes like lots of kids do. She lives with Beccy and I and she lives with her other mum as well. At the end of the original Australian Story program I said that I support gay marriage, same sex marriage but I would never marry again.
But my heart was certainly changing. I went out and bought a ring. The only person that I had told was my son and that was on the very morning because I wanted him to have the ring in his pocket.
We really do feel accepted by everyone, except the government. And at the end of my speech I said, if they let us would you spend the rest of your life with me as wife and wife? And then when she gave me the signal I grabbed Maisie by the hand and took Maisie over to Libby and we both gave her the ring. If they let us, do you want to? And I just cried. Oh everyone was crying and it was sort of yuck. No it was good. People are getting divorced all the time, I did. I married a bloke and that was legal.
Now I just want to do it right but I want to be allowed to. I want to get married in my own country. I want to get married in Australia.
Here come the brides! I think the law should be changed and allow same sex marriage indeed for marriage equality. I believe that it should, yes. Yes, and I think so too. We ought always to admit our sins before god, and especially when we come together to give thanks for the good things we have received at his hands. I would love to be able to do that. At the moment the Anglican Church says no same sex marriage. Once the law allows the marriage of gay people, the same sex marriage, eventually the church will catch up.
If we were in America, the Anglican Church there, and Canada and other parts of the world has already done that. Hello, you look really nice!