Darren Hayes has put to bed any hope of a Savage Garden reunion on the 20th anniversary of the band’s formation.
“I take it as a huge compliment when people ask if we’ll get back together,” he told News Corp.
“What they are really saying is, ‘You changed my life. I have wonderful memories associated with what you did back then.’
“We’ve been lucky because people respect that it ended for a reason. You’d no sooner ask a couple who broke up to get back together just because you enjoyed going to the movies with them.
“I get it, there are some really happy memories associated with it. But as human beings and as artists there were also things that obviously didn’t work. I don’t think we would have stayed disbanded for however long it’s been if that was an accident.”
After forming the group in 1995, young Brisbanites Darren and bandmate Daniel Jones went on to score a string of hits and sell 20 million records worldwide.
Earlier this month they released the new greatest hits compilation The Singles, featuring 15 of the group’s best tracks and an unreleased demo “She” that the duo wrote in Brisbane in 1994.
“It’s a long time ago, but my recollection is I was writing about the relationship that I have, and continue to have, with the women in my life,” Darren said of the track.
“From my sister to my mother and all the friends and the wonderful female relationships in my life.”
Deluxe reissue versions of the group’s albums Savage Garden and Affirmation, containing rare remixes and live tracks, are also reportedly on the way.
The Singles is out now.