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Will Young ‘proud’ of fellow gay singer Sam Smith

Joe Williams September 22, 2015
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The singer has expressed pride over his out counterpart’s continued success.

The former ‘Pop Idol’ winner says he thinks it “brilliant” that Sam Smith has been chosen to write and record the upcoming James Bond movie’s theme tune – because he loves to see fellow gay singers succeed.

Smith confirmed he would be providing the lyrics and vocals for ‘Spectre’ earlier this month.

Young – who was speaking ahead of the release of his new single, ‘Thank You – said he loves to see other gay singers achieve success in their career and was thrilled when Smith shared the news.

“Isn’t that amazing? That’s amazing. I love great singers,” he told contactmusic.com.

“If someone’s doing really well, like Sam, and they’re really good I love it, I love their success and I love the fact that they’re doing great.”

“It’s so nice to see someone who is a brilliant singer, and he’s doing great, and he’s gay, so it’s like double brilliant!”

The ‘Evergreen’ singer later admitted he occasionally get jealous of other artists’ success – but only if he feels they do not deserve it.

“The only time I get frustrated is when people are perceived to be doing really well and I just think they’re c**p, and I can’t mention who they are but I wish I could,” he teased.

However, he says this is not the case in Smith’s case and also took the chance to heap praise another out singer – Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander – who has previously hit out at other openly gay singers, who sing about gender-neutral love interests instead of men.

“I love Olly [Alexander] from Years & Years,” Young said.

“I think they’ve come in from an interesting place, it is pop, it’s melancholy electric pop, kind of like what I did on my last record.

“Again I should be really jealous but I can’t be because it’s really good!”

“There are loads of good people and the ones that aren’t really good, you know hey, I have to keep my mouth shut,” he added.

In June, Young said it was homophobic for politicians to vote against same-sex marriage.

“For me it certainly shows a lack of liberal thinking. It’s relying on institutions and thinking that I think is out of date,” he said.

“So in that sense it is a little bit homophobic.”

Related topics: James Bond, Olly Alexander, Sam Smith, Spectre, will young

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