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Years & Years cancel tour after Olly Alexander falls ill

Joe Williams May 17, 2016

Years & Years have cancelled the rest of their US tour dates.

The popular band have been forced to pull out of the rest of their tour after frontman Olly Alexander became ill.

Year & Years had been supporting fellow Brit Ellie Goulding during her tour of America.

The band apologised to fans on Twitter, saying they made the announcement with “great regret and sadness”.

They thanked Goulding and her team for letting them be part of the tour, but stressed that Alexander needed “immediate rest to make a swift and full recovery”.

This isn’t the first time the band have had to cancel due the singer’s health.

Alexander apologised to fans earlier this month, when he was forced to cancel gigs due to illness.

He told his follower that he had “some weird viral illness for about four days” and that he hadn’t really be able to get out of bed.

He added that although he was on the mend, a doctor had advised him not to perform.

“I really hate having to pull shows,” he said.

The ‘Shine’ singer has been vocal about the need for gay role models, recently releasing a music video celebrating sexuality.

In March, the 25-year-old revealed that growing up in a “straight world” caused him to suffer from anxiety and depression.

He continues to win praise for his frank and open approach to sexuality, and his willingness to help young fans come to terms with their own identity.

The singer spoke out last month against homophobic abuse on Twitter.

He said: “[I get] the usual stuff – sometimes it’s homophobic, like gay hate.

“But I don’t understand why people ‘@’ me on Twitter to say ‘Olly Alexander can’t sing’ or ‘Olly Alexander, you’re ugly as f**k’.

More: LGBT, Music, Olly Alexander, tour, US, years and years

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