Will Young reveals he was the victim of a homophobic attack

‘They were threatening to stab me’: Will Young reveals he was the victim of a homophobic attack after coming to the aid of a busker being abused

  • Will – who did not disclose when the attack happened – was trying to deflect attention away from a street musician when he was targeted by a group of men 

Will Young was the victim of a homophobic attack in Oxford after he came to the aid of a busker being abused. 

The Pop idol winner, 42, recalled the incident in a candid conversation with Judge Rinder, 42, during a Penguin Live talk promoting his book, To Be A Gay Man.

According to The Sun, Will – who did not disclose when the attack happened -revealed he was trying to deflect attention away from a street musician when he was targeted by a group of men. 

Horrible: Will Young revealed he was the victim of a homophobic attack in Oxford after he came to the aid of a busker being abused

The star said the gang soon turned on him and started to abuse him in the street.

Will recalled: ‘I was probably wearing some sort of floaty number and saw this harpist. These three lads were going to cause trouble so I stepped in and deflected it away from him. Then they turned on me, “You’re gay” and started abusing me.’

The star said he thought he could change the outcome of the bad situation by using a tactic that he had wanted to use for ages.

‘I shouted at the top of my voice, “These boys are threatening me, they were threatening to stab me, they were threatening to” – in fact I won’t use the language because it might offend some people.’ 

Scary: Will – who did not disclose when the attack happened – revealed he was trying to deflect attention away from a street musician when he was targeted by a group of men (pictured on Pop Idol in 2001)

Will said one upside of the shocking incident was leaning he has many allies as many bystanders came over to help him. 

Elsewhere in the conversation, Will admitted he didn’t think he would live past the age of 20 after suffering homophobia.

Emotional: Will spoke on a Penguin Live talk promoting his book, To Be A Gay Man

The singer also spoke of feeling ashamed of his sexuality in his youth, saying that during his school years he thought he was ‘sinful and doomed to die.’

Last year, Will spoke openly of another homophobic attack when thugs threatened to stab him for holding hands with a now ex-boyfriend. 

Explaining his ordeal to The Times he said: ‘I was wandering through the East End about 14 years ago, holding hands with my then boyfriend, Julian, and we had people shouting at us. Someone actually threatened to stab us.’

At the time of the alleged threat, Will had already been publicly known as gay for three years, having revealed his sexuality aged 23 following his success on Pop Idol. 

The Leave Right Now hitmaker went on to say that even now he still has ‘to think about where I feel I belong, and where I might feel unwelcome or even unsafe.’

Will said I’ve had people threatening to stab me and I once had someone shouting ‘queer’ and ‘f****t’ at me from a Vauxhall Nova outside a pub in Hampstead.

‘Although on that occasion, I just shouted ‘f****t’ back at them, so they got confused and drove off looking rather dejected. Someone also once rang my hotel room late at night to homophobically abuse me.’

Will’s book, To Be A Gay Man, discusses gay shame, the impact its had on his own life and his struggles and experiences with his sexuality.

Speaking about his reasoning behind the book, he said he thinks it is needed because ‘there is a lot of shame that hasn’t been worked through by gay people’ and believes gay men aren’t ‘given room to work it out.’  

Ashamed: Will previously admitted he was ‘ashamed’ to be openly gay during his early music career and that he never thought he would have the choice to get married (pictured in 2003)

Will previously admitted he was ‘ashamed’ to be openly gay during his early music career and that he never thought he would have the choice to get married.

Candidly discussing his sexuality during an interview with Gay Times Magazine, Will said the shame he felt at the start of his career was caused by other people ‘repressing’ him.

Speaking to the publication, he said on having a music career and being openly gay: ‘I think I was really ashamed of it to be honest.

‘I’d say that 75% of that was my own stuff, and then getting older and being more confident, that’s naturally just going to come out in anything that I do creatively.

‘I would also say that if I look back on how it was – even 10 years ago – there was no nurturing for it. Some of that shame was also people repressing me. If someone would ask about a boyfriend, the PR would step in and be like, ‘No!’

 ‘I was very angry about that for a few years. I dealt with it and actually met up with an old person who used to do my press and was like, ‘I need to tell you this because this is what was going on and I’m quite angry about it now to look back on it.’

‘She took it really well. It wasn’t easy at all. It was the change in laws that started to make me think, as an employee in a sense, you can’t stop me doing that anymore. The compost has changed.’

Distressing: Will said the shame he felt at the start of his career was caused by other people ‘repressing’ him 

Will went on to reveal that he never thought that he would have the choice to get married and have children until the legislation of same-sex marriage in England and Wales in 2013, which came into force in 2014.

He continued: ‘Of course there’s that idealism that you marry and have kids, I think, just because one is gay, you’ve still grown up in that environment so when it came to the fact we could get married – and even that sounds so archaic now – it was great.

‘I never thought I would get married or have kids from the age of six. I had shut it off, so when the door came open again it’s like, ‘Oh wow, maybe I can do that.’

Candid: Will never thought that he would have the choice to get married and have children until the legislation of same-sex marriage in 2014 (pictured in 2002)

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