Will Young says he was ‘aghast’ when Chris Moyles carried out a ‘rampage of homophobia’ against him on Radio 1 in spoof songs on the singer’s birthday
Will Young said he was ‘aghast’ when Chris Moyles conducted a ‘rampage of homophobia’ against him while he was a Radio 1 DJ.
Chris was presenting the radio’s popular breakfast show when he made jokes about the singer on his birthday in 2009.
The DJ put on an effeminate voice and changed the lyrics to Young’s songs to reference his sexuality for the spoof.
Speaking out: Will Young said he was ‘aghast’ when Chris Moyles conducted a ‘rampage of homophobia’ against him while he was a Radio 1 DJ
The Pop Idol winner, 41, told The Sunday Times: ‘It still makes me feel sad in a way, because it did affect how important I felt my sexuality was, and because I didn’t stand up for myself.
‘So even though I was like, “Oh, it doesn’t matter,” it did, actually. It was really bad. Really bad.’
The singer has also detailed the incident in a new book, To Be A Gay Man, which was previewed in the same newspaper.
Censured: The DJ put on an effeminate voice and changed the lyrics to Young’s songs to reference his sexuality for the spoof
‘Aghast’: The singer said the fact that the show was one of the most popular in the country only made the experience worse for him
In it, he writes: ‘BBC Radio 1 breakfast show DJ Chris Moyles decided to embark on a rampage of homophobia against me – on my birthday no less. It was something that left me aghast, especially as he and I were on friendly terms.’
He goes on to say that the fact that the show was one of the most popular in the country only made the experience worse for him.
Chris was rebuked by Ofcom for the comments which they said breached broadcasting code.
His version of Evergreen included the lyrics: ‘It’s my birthday, gonna wear my new dress tonight. And I smell nice. I’ve had a shower and I’ve shaved my legs. Going out later, might go to Nob-oooh for dinner.’
Moving on: The reality show star has detailed the experiences in a new book, To Be A Gay Man
Upset: Chris was rebuked by Ofcom for the comments which they said breached broadcasting code
In his rendition of Leave Right Now, Moyles sang: ‘Oooh Will Young here, mmmm. I’m here, it’s Will’s birthday and as the years go by I get more very gay.
‘When you saw me years ago you didn’t know, but now I’m the gayest fella you probably know. Mmm I like to wear a silly hat, I get camper by the hour, oh would you look at the muck in here. I’m Will Young and I’m gay.’
Ofcom said in its ruling that listeners could reasonably have thought the piece was ‘promoting and condoning certain negative stereotypes based on sexual orientation.’
MailOnline has contacted Chris’s representatives for comment.
Last year, Will 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.
New book: The singer has opened up about his experiences of growing up gay and how it impacted his life
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!”‘
‘Ashamed’: Last year Will 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 2002)
Will was recently left devastated after his twin brother Rupert died after years of battling mental health issues.
Rupert, 41, previously spoke about his struggles with alcohol and depression, while also admitting his sibling’s Pop Idol win in 2002 had impacted their relationship.
He was diagnosed with dysthymia – a depressive mood disorder – in 2005.
His family, including brother Will who was born 10 minutes before Rupert, are said to have been left wracked by grief.
A friend said: ‘Will’s relationship with Rupert had been tough over the years at times, and they had both spoken about the mental health problems which had made it challenging.
‘But there were hopes he had turned a corner and they are a very loving family – and utterly devastated by his passing.’
Heartbreaking: Will was recently left devastated after his twin brother Rupert died after years of battling mental health issues
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