Who are Michael Costello's kids? Gay designer's boyfriend outed him to ex-wife

Michael Costello was seeing Richard Galvin while being married with two kids. A month after Galvin outed him as a gay man, he moved in with him


                            Who are Michael Costello's kids? Gay designer's boyfriend outed him to ex-wife
Designer Michael Costello poses at his presentation during New York Fashion Week at Robert Miller Gallery on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
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'Project Runway' star Michael Costello made headlines on Monday, June 14, after he claimed that Chrissy Teigen tried to blacklist him from the fashion industry, allegedly leaving him suicidal. 

Costello penned a long message on Instagram, beginning with, "For the past 7 years, I’ve lived with a deep, unhealed trauma." Incidentally, the message came on the same day that Teigen tried to make up for her past social media conduct by apologizing to all the people she has targeted, many of whom have spoken out against her bullying attitude in the past. 

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However, this is not Costello's first union. The designer who has dressed celebrities like Beyoncé, Toni Braxon, Paris Hilton and Celine Dion, had been in the news about being in heterosexual marriage. Back in 2010, he had to clarify multiple interviews about whether he really identified as a gay man. After 'Project Runway,' fans found out that he had kids - a fact that he had not made an effort to make public until then. 

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Who are Costello's children?

Costello has two children Giovanni and Coco from an arranged marriage that ended in 2006. In 2010, he opened up about his personal life. “I come from a culture that believes in arranged marriages, so I was married when I was 18,” he told NewNowNext. “We had two children, a boy and a girl, thirteen months apart.” At the time he was living with his partner, Richard Galvin. His son was living with him and his daughter was living with her mother in Texas.  

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In the interview, he said that his ex-wife had remarried into “a really difficult culture, and doesn’t even call to wish our son a happy birthday or merry Christmas. And they don’t want me to call my daughter, or let me know where they live. I send presents and get updates through her grandmother, but it’s really sad. It breaks my heart.”

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Did Costello know he was gay before marrying his ex-wife?

In a different interview with San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Costello said that he was married to his ex-wife, "but not legally like with a church and all that. I was married the Greek gypsy kind of way, a very traditional arranged marriage. My dad is Italian-Hungarian, my mom is Russian and Greek. I speak Greek, Russian, Czech, Romanian. They all practice the same beliefs and religion. I never knock them for it, I just don’t care for the whole arranged marriage thing. My son is going to be allowed to marry whoever he wants."

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When he was asked if he knew he was gay before marrying his ex-wife, he said he did. As whether his ex-wife was aware of his sexual orientation, Costello said, "In the beginning, no, she didn’t. She knew during the second year of our marriage. She knew, not just because she found numbers in my phone or saw pictures, she just knew. And I didn’t really keep it from her. It ended Feb. 28, 2006. That’s the date."

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His marriage ended after Galvin, his present partner, called his family-run restaurant, where his ex-wife worked as a server and outed him as a gay man. He was seeing Galvin while being married to his ex and a month later, he moved in with Galvin. "I didn’t talk to my mom and dad for about 45 days. I didn’t see my dad in person for about six months because I was terrified. When I finally did see my dad six months later, he broke down and cried. It was heartbreaking," he said.

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