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BACK IN STEP FOR TV SHOW.

ON TOP of his steps towards parenthood, Ian is set to rejoin his ex-Steps bandmates.

The band - including fellow Welsh bandmate Lisa Scott-Lee from Rhyl - is re-forming with a four-part documentary series for Sky Living charting the reconciliation.

The series is currently in production and airs later this year. It will see the group recounting their previous experiences in the band, the reasons behind the decision to break-up, and their unresolved grievances from their days in the spotlight.

Ian shot to fame in 1998 with the pop group, which went on to have 15 top 20 hits including number ones with Heartbeat/ Tragedy and Stomp. They also had four top five albums, with both Steptacular and Gold: Greatest Hits hitting the top spot.

After the pop group split, he starred in musicals including Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He is touring in new musical Rhinestone Mondays with Shaun Williamson - best known for his role as Barry in EastEnders.

Ian, from Cwmparc, Rhondda, told his family and friends about his sexuality when he was 21, but did not tell fans.

He did so just hours before entering the Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.

"I come from a small valley in Wales and it just wasn't the done thing to be gay," he said at the time.

"It's a bit of a clich but I was the only gay in the village."

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 7, 2011
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