‘Couldn’t save him’ Will Young addresses decision to throw twin out days before his death

Will Young gives statement outside inquest into brother's death

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Will Young is about to star in a candid documentary where he opens up his world and shares the story of his twin brother Rupert Young. Will himself has been very frank about his struggles with depression, and in his new Channel 4 documentary Will Young: Losing My Twin, he talks about his late brother’s battle with alcoholism and his suicide. 

The pop star’s brother, Rupert, 41, took his own life in 2020 after failing from Westminster bridge.

In the documentary, he divulges the daily hardships he would face while living with his brother. 

It eventually all got too much for the star, and The All Time Love singer had to report Rupert as a trespasser, which resulted in him being removed from his home. 

Referring to his brother as a “monster” towards the end, he said: “At the end, he would be drinking 24 hours a day.”

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Rupert was admitted to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital on July 28, and just two days later, he died by suicide.

“I had a big moment where I realised I couldn’t save him, and that brought a whole lot of grief,” Will stated.

“Now I just feel very grateful that I got 42 years with him.

“I did everything I could to not let him die.”

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Although challenging, Will did what he could for his brother out of love.

He concluded: “It was difficult, but it is amazing what we do out of love for people. 

“I just didn’t want my brother to die. In the end I didn’t manage to keep him alive, and that is part of my grief process.”

The Pop Idol winner also spoke to Colin Paterson on BBC One’s Breakfast last week and said: “I miss my brother, he was my twin and my best friend, but I don’t miss the alcoholic.

“I don’t think alcoholism is spoken about enough and it is important to speak out about what it is like to live with someone who has alcoholism in the family, and what that can do to a family.

“We are a very private family, but we were all on the same page about wanting to tell our story in a non-sensationalised way to show people that they are not alone.”

Rupert was the director of the mental health charity The Mood Foundation, which he established in the late 2000s. 

Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert is on Channel 4, Tuesday at 10.05pm.

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