Will Young had to re-record 'Leave Right Now' because he "sounded gay"
23 March 2018, 10:57 | Updated: 23 March 2018, 11:01
Will Young has opened up about his struggles with homophobia in the music industry.
The singer revealed that he was made to re-record his classic 2003 hit 'Leave Right Now', because he "sounded gay".
The lead single from his second album Friday's Child, it was a number one hit at the time, with songwriter Eg White winning the Ivor Novello Award for 'Best Song Musically and Lyrically'.
Speaking to the Telegraph, Will explained: “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.
“There’s a real flavour to homophobia and bigotry. It’s really shaming. People don’t understand the power of language.”
Will's comments come soon after he claimed that a London bus driver shouted homophobic abuse at him.
The Pop Idol winner tweeted about the alleged incident on Friday, January 5, claiming that a TFL bus driver use homophobic slurs.
“Quite how someone complains and actually GETS footage I am unsure,” he said at the time.
Meanwhile, Will Young will soon star in a new production of Strictly Ballroom on stage, and recently unveiled a video of his version of 'Time After Time. Watch the clip above.