Hayes married a childhood sweetheart, makeup artist Colby Taylor, in 1994. They were still married when Savage Garden “skyrocketed to fame around the globe in the late 1990s.”They separated in 1998 and were divorced in 2000. Much of the lyrics for the band’s second album, Affirmation, dealt with his divorce.He recorded Affirmation in San Francisco mid-1999 and eventually bought a house there.He also maintains a base in London since 2004.
Hayes started coming out as gay to friends and the head of his label, Sony, in the early 2000s.He married (via a civil partnership) his boyfriend of two years, Richard Cullen, on 19 June 2006 in London.Darren and Richard Cullen applied for a marriage licence in California, and were married on July 15, 2013, to show their support for those fighting for same-sex marriage rights.Hayes and Cullen currently live in America. Though public speculation about his sexual orientation had been present throughout his career, he is famous for keeping his personal life private.He announced the event the day prior on his official website.Before the announcement Cullen’s name had appeared on the website as the designer of the cover for Hayes’s single “So Beautiful”.
Hayes announced on Twitter on 22 July that he was shooting a second music video from the album. On 14 August, he revealed in a radio interview that “Black Out the Sun” will be the second single from Secret Codes and Battleships. Since its release in the UK, BBC Radio 2 has selected the track to feature on their A list the week commencing 1 October 2011. He later confirmed on Twitter that this song will be the single for the UK and other international markets, while “Blood-Stained Heart” would be the second single in Australia. Hayes played dates on “The Secret” Tour in the UK and Australia beginning on 15 October in Liverpool.
Hayes tweeted on 2 March 2012 that he would be shooting another music video the week after.He later confirmed the music video was being shot for “Stupid Mistake”, which was released as the album’s fourth single in May 2012.
On 17 April 2011, Hayes announced that he had signed a record deal with Mercury Records/Universal Music Australia and signed to EMI Services UK /Europe. He released his fourth studio album in October 2011. The first single titled “Talk Talk Talk” was announced in May and was released on 24 June. The single contains a cover version ofMadonna’s “Angel” as the B-side.It was announced on 20 June via Hayes’s Facebook page that his new album would be titled Secret Codes and Battleships.