Will Young has opened up about his struggles with addiction, revealing that he is sure he is addicted to alcohol and pornography.
The former Pop Idol winner spoke to LGBT youths at the 2016 National Student Pride event at London’s University Of Westminster on Saturday (February 6).
The Mirror reports that he told the event’s audience: “I was a love addict, I still am an addict, addicted to porn, certainly addicted to alcohol.”
Clarifying his alcohol comments, Young said: “I’d never been on a date without having at least two drinks before I’d left the house and I didn’t even notice that was a problem.” As for illegal substances, he added: “Drugs I didn’t really get into. I toyed around with it, but it didn’t really stick with me so much.”
Young also described coming to terms with a deep-rooted feeling of shame over his sexuality: “I will keep coming back to shame because it’s such a fundamental thing. Until I conquered it I just kept having sex to fill the void, watching porn, shopping, anything, and I think we are told that as soon as we come out [as gay] everything will be OK, but it’s just not the case.”
He also hit out at Conservative Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, who he accused of not “giving a shit” about the LGBT youth.
“It breaks my heart that there are going to be more and more generations of young LGBT people that are going to continue to have a lack of nurture and have this internalised shame which can be changed within the education system”.
“I don’t see the Education Secretary, who I am not a huge fan of at all, addressing this at all.”
Young released his sixth album ‘85% Proof’ in May 2015, more recently appearing in BBC’s Great Sport Relief Bake Off for charity.