There have been many rumours around the Internet about Max Boyce being gay, but they appear to be untrue since Boyce has a wife and children in his hometown (Glynneath, South Wales). The family tends to stay out of the public eye.
Boyce was born in Glynneath in 1943. Just days after Boyce was born, his father, a miner, was killed in a tragic pit explosion. Later in life, Boyce worked in a nearby pit for over a decade, and also studied for a mining engineering degree.
Boyce was awarded the MBE in the 2000 Queen's New Years Millennium Honors List at Cardiff Castle by Prince Charles for his services to entertainment.