Will Young has admitted he was “terrified” of being gay when he was younger.

The singer, 32, said he felt “inhibited” until several years ago.

He told Attitude magazine: “I was terrified of being gay so I didn’t really feel sexual until I was about 26… I was quite inhibited. I feel like I’ve reached a place that I’m happy with, worked out things I will never do. It’s taken me years to work that out.”

Young, who has been named the best role model for LGBT teenagers, added: “They say your early 30s are the last chance you have to make a big change in your life. I look at some things now and think, ‘No thanks, not interested any more.’

“I love getting older. These days I look after myself more and don’t drink as much, try not to smoke as much. I’m more responsible towards anyone in business or friendships. I think that shift is quite a pleasant one.”