Anthony Callea was born today, December 13,1982. He is an Australian singer-songwriter and stage actor who rose to prominence after being the runner-up in the 2004 season of Australian Idol. Callea's debut single "The Prayer" is the fastest-selling single by an Australian artist, held the No.1 spot on the ARIA (Australian) Singles Chart for 5 weeks, a record for the debut single of an Australian Idol contestant, and was the second-highest selling Australian single of the last decade.
Callea has accumulated a string of awards including an ARIA Music Award, Channel V Artist of the Year, Pop Republic Artist of the Year, MTV Viewers' Choice Award, Variety's Young Entertainer of the Year, MO Award, and a Gospel Music Award, and is known for his powerful trained voice and his versatility in a range of genres in releases and live performances.
|Callea with husband Tim Campbell|
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In March 2007, after speculation and tabloid rumours dating back to his Idol appearances, Callea publicly acknowledged that he is gay by issuing a statement confirming his sexuality and thanking his fans and his then-partner, Paul.
"Yes, I am gay," Callea said. "I have no issue with my sexuality now, but it's taken time to become confident with who I am and happy with who I am. I'm comfortable enough to come clean now. It's a weight off my shoulders".
In February 2008, he and actor/singer Tim Campbell confirmed that they were in a relationship. They were married in New Zealand in November 2014.