Will Young has revealed that he was made to re-record his early hit ‘Leave Right Now’ because he ‘sounded gay’.
The 2003 single was Young’s first from second album ‘Friday’s Child’, and went to number on in the UK following its release. Songwriter Eg White was awarded the Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for his work on the track.
Now, in a new interview with The Telegraph, the singer has revealed that he was made to re-do his vocal performance on the song due to latest homophobia in the music industry.
“I didn’t know at the time, but when I was recording ‘Leave Right Now’, someone at the record company said I ‘sounded gay’ and kept making me re-record the track,” he says. “There’s a real flavour to homophobia and bigotry. It’s really shaming. People don’t understand the power of language.”
Young recently claimed that a London bus driver hurled homophobic abuse at him, asking for help in tracking down the individual.
The singer and Pop Idol winner tweeted about the alleged incident on Friday January 5, claiming that a TFL (Transport For London) bus driver uttered a homophobic slur towards him.
Young went on to say that despite reporting the abuse “ten minutes after it happened”, he’s been told by the bus companies that any video footage is “gone” because it’s “too late” after the incident.
“Quite how someone complains and actually GETS footage I am unsure,” Young added. The star then issued an appeal to TFL and London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, to “help me find the driver to ensure he doesn’t abuse others”.