Will Young: ‘I suffer from post traumatic stress disorder’

Singer recently quit 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Will Young has admitted that he suffers from post traumatic stress disorder.

The singer pulled out of Strictly Come Dancing earlier this week for “personal reasons”.

In a new interview, which was recorded months before he quit the show, Young said he developed the condition after he started performing in Cabaret in 2012.


“PTSD is a thing I learned about because I got it, I had a breakdown, after my fifth album, ‘Echoes’,” he told London Live’s London Real programme.

“It was kind of the album I always wanted to do, and then I moved into this perfect house, and my life was perfect, and I was like, ‘This could be pictured in Wallpaper magazine’.”

“I was just at a loss, I had a number one album, top five single, and I thought ‘Oh, this is not good, this is not going to be easy’, and then just slowly began to unravel.”

Young continued: “Then I went into theatre, did Cabaret for the first time, and then I got PTSD and got depersonalisation and derealisation, which is when your body can’t cope with the flooding of emotions from the past, so it shuts down.

“I couldn’t see my face in the mirror, I couldn’t recognise places or family or friends.”

The singer said that being on stage eventually helped his recovery.


“It’s completely spiritual, and that is something that is beautiful, and I’d go as far as to say that probably saved my life. Knowing that authenticity. That has pulled me through having PTSD, definitely,” he added.