S20, Ep14 Will Young - ‘I like to talk about it because I survived it’ Image

S20, Ep14 Will Young - ‘I like to talk about it because I survived it’

24 April - 58 mins explicit
Podcast Series How To Fail With Elizabeth Day

TW: this episode contains discussion of sexual assault and suicide. 

In many ways, Will Young is the definition of resilience. As a child, he endured physical and psychological abuse at prep school. In his 20s, he found fame on a reality TV show and was forced to be public about his sexuality by a tabloid newspaper, after which he faced years of homophobia. In his 30s, he coped with extensive periods of depression as he struggled to understand his PTSD and tragically lost his twin brother, Rupert, to death by suicide. Now in his 40s, his survival is its own success.

And yet, professionally, he has also thrived, selling over 10 million albums worldwide, scooping two Brit Awards and an Ivor...

58 mins

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S20, Ep13 Richard Osman on cats, crime and c**ts

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