The former Pop Idol runner-up also told Now that he is like the lead character from EL James's record-breaking erotic best seller Fifty Shades of Grey.
"I'm thoughtful, I think," Gates said, when asked what kind of lover he is.
"Yeah, I'm very thoughtful. I never miss birthdays or anniversaries or things like that, so yeah I'd say I'm pretty good.
"I'm a bit like Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey but I'm sensitive when I need to be and a little bit more raunchy at other times."
Asked if he had any regrets in life, Gates said: "I seriously try to live my life without regrets. There are things I wish I'd reacted to differently - for instance, the Katie Price stuff.
"I was 17 and my instant reaction was to say, 'No, it's false'. But with hindsight, I wish I'd been honest from the start.
"I should've said, 'Yeah, you know what? I'm very young and having fun'. So I think that's my biggest regret - not the fact that it happened, but just how I handled it."
Gates admitted that he hated reading stories about the fling, adding: "I was obviously very, very young at the time. It wasn't something I wanted too many people to know about - especially my mum.
"Until then, I'd had great press and it was all positive headlines, you know, backing me throughout Pop Idol. But that for me was my first experience of negative press."
Read the full interview in Now magazine, out today (Tuesday, August 21).