Will Young reveals he HIT his late twin Rupert the last time he saw him before he tragically committed suicide

WILL Young has revealed that he HIT his late twin brother Rupert when he saw him for the last time before he killed himself.

The Pop Idol winner, 43, makes the candid confession in a powerful documentary he has made about his sibling's suicide.

Speaking in Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert, which airs tonight on Channel 4, the Leave Right Now singer admits: "I hit my brother. The last thing I did was hit my brother, and I don't have a problem with that.

He adds: "I really don't. Because he deserved it."

Rupert killed himself in August 2020 after battling depression and alcohol addiction for years.

Will's surprising admission about their fight comes as he is having a conversation with a young artist who turned to art therapy to deal with her dad's alcoholism.

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When the artist reveals how she loves her dad but also often hated him, Will then speaks on his own complex emotions surrounding his brother's illness.

Rupert was living with Will in the final months of his life, and Will opens up about his anguish of having to kick his brother out.

Will says: "At the end he would be drinking 24 hours a day, sleeping for a bit, waking and sleeping.

"You have got this monster who is just not moving and you are just sort of feeding … I thought this is not tenable, this is ridiculous. That is what I couldn't live with anymore."

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He continues: "The only thing was to throw him out and then see. And then also be aware that he might end up killing up himself and I had to be okay with that.

"And I was okay with everything that I had done to try and help him, and I knew that there was nothing more than I could do. I hadn't got to that stage before but then I had reached that stage."

Will reveals in the documentary that his brother was drinking 40 beers a day and had tried to kill himself several times before.

He even reveals how he went on stage to perform on Pop Idol back in 2002, just days after his brother had cut his own wrists in a suicide attempt.

Will tells how Rupert's stitches burst when he was at the studio watching his brother, and he had to be treated in an ambulance.

"It's a very visceral, very visual thing to think of the cutting of wrists," Will recalls. "It's awful. But I had to just get on with it."

Later in the film, Will recalls his turmoil at realising there was nothing else he could do for his twin.

You’re Not Alone

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn't discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It's the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it's rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You're Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let's all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You're Not Alone.

If you, or anyone you know, needs help dealing with mental health problems, the following organisations provide support:

  • CALM,, 0800 585 858
  • Heads Together,
  • Mind,, 0300 123 3393
  • Papyrus,, 0800 068 41 41
  • Samaritans,, 116 123
  • Movember,
  • Anxiety UK, 03444 775 774 Monday-Friday 9.30am-10pm, Saturday/Sunday 10am-8pm


He reveals: "I had a big moment when I realised that I couldn't save him. That brought a whole load of grief. I couldn't save him and I had tried my hardest."

Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert airs tonight at 10.05pm on Channel 4.

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