Clean Bandit star’s relationship with Olly Alexander ‘quite intense’
Neil Amin Smith has opened up about his relationship with Years & Years front man Olly Alexander.
Amin-Smith discussed his relationship with Alexander over the weekend saying, admitting the pair’s relationship is “quite intense.”
Stepping off Nandos’ Cock o’ Van stage at Camp Bestival, the violinist said: “Olly and I are romantic with each other, we have to because we don’t see each other very much so when we are reunited it’s always quite intense,” reports GT.
“It was Olly’s birthday recently and he was going to be in New York arriving at his hotel so I arranged for a really nice bunch of flowers to be waiting for him.”
However, those looking forward to a collaboration between the two acts should not hold their breath, as Neil went on to say: “I don’t think we will work together as Clean Bandit and Years Years.”
He said of his debut album: “It was important for me to get some male pronouns in some of the songs, so I did it for ‘Real’ and ‘Memo’, and then one song on the deluxe.
“It is kind of sad to me that we don’t have gay popstars singing about men using a male pronoun, but that could change hopefully.”
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“I’d like to hear a gay artist express their sexuality in a really open way.
“That’s something I’ve sort of tried to do a little bit on this album, but to be able to talk about sex is possibly new for gay artists, so I’d like to see that in the mainstream.”
He also discussed the track he wrote for Amin-Smith, Shine, admitting he wanted “to crawl in a hole and die” when he first played for him.
“It was really horrible because I didn’t care if anyone else liked it or not, and I know he would’ve said he liked it, but it really mattered to me whether he truly liked it or not. But he did, and I was so relieved.”
(Photos: Instagram – Olly Alexander, Neil Amin Smith)