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Will Young: I had to come out twice

Josh Jackman February 28, 2018
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LONDON - NOVEMBER 14: Top British musical artist Will Young arrives for the 20th anniversary remake of Midge Ure and Sir Bob Geldof's 1984 charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" at Air Studios, Hampstead on November 14, 2004 in London. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

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Will Young has said he had to come out twice.

Speaking on ITV’s Loose Women, the British singer said: “I came out twice.”

When the panel responded with shock, he explained: “I came out personally, and then when I became famous I had to do it again.”

He said that his record company didn’t attempt to dissuade him from going public with his sexuality, but that during his run to the Pop Idol crown in 2002, people tried to persuade him against coming out.

Will Young
(Photo by willyoungofficial/Instagram)

Christopher Sweeney, Young’s co-host on his podcast Homo Sapiens, also revealed that their ability to get Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn on the show was at least partly down to PinkNews.

“Will met him at a PinkNews event and – I’m going to say harassed him,” Sweeney said.

Young admitted: “I harassed him. I harangued the Labour Party. It took about nine months.”

London mayor Sadiq Khan reached out to Young last month after he was targeted with vile homophobic abuse by a bus driver.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at Pride 2017
(Photo by Josh Jackman)

The star was left shocked after the incident in which a Transport for London bus driver reportedly called him a “poofter”.

Despite reporting the incident within minutes, Young was left helpless after being told it was too late to get CCTV of the incident.

(YouTube/loose women)

The Mayor of London’s office responded to the singer’s calls for help days later.

A spokesperson said: “The Mayor’s Office are in touch with Will Young in regards to this incident and the work being done across the TfL network to tackle all forms of abuse including homophobic hate crime.”

The singer opened up last year about his battle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

(YouTube/loose women)

The singer and actor quit Strictly Come Dancing in 2016 after struggling with his mental health.

He lasted just a few weeks on the show as he battled against the condition, but said a year on that he had “learned to live” with PTSD.

Young has also spoken about struggling with a gay porn addiction.

Check out the interview from Loose Women below:

Related topics: loose women, Music, pop idol, reality TV, will young

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