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Will Young

At 40 years of age, and with seven albums under his belt, everyone’s favourite Pop Idol is finally doing it his way.
Photography Jakub Koziel

Fashion Umar Sarwar

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“I think there is a little bit of a sea change,” Will Young says in a soft but direct tone. “I don’t think you just have to be young now to be a popstar. This is what it is to be a popstar at 40, and it’s fucking amazing. This album was about making really good pop music. Not shit music that is chasing chart positions, because I can’t bear that.” If you had found yourself in conversation with Will just 12 months earlier, the very idea of recording and releasing a new album wasn’t something he was interested in doing – possibly ever again. But then he got obsessed with an idea, one that he’s still fixated on. “I constantly have this thing in my head about being 40 and making a pop record. I don’t know why I was obsessed with it. I’m still slightly obsessed with it,” he says, perched forward on a leather sofa, picking away at his chicken salad. Why does he think that is, I ask? “I think it’s a bit of, ‘ This is how it’s done, actually’. I don’t think it’s arrogance, but I feel like the industry can be ageist – more towards women – and I feel like, ‘Well, flip the table on it.’”

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Celebrating the LGBTQ affinity with music, each voice in this special issue of Gay Times Magazine is committed to advancing the journey of queer people across the globe, while also giving us plenty of bops to get emotional to, identify with, but most importantly, play loudly and proudly in celebration. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Gay Times Magazine, as so many of our favourite pop stars, has been on a rollercoaster of evolution, and tomorrow we too will enter a new era. With our 500th consecutive issue just around the corner, every single step of the Gay Times Magazine production process has been upgraded. From paper stock to set design, typography to couture - we're truly able to offer a premium product, in the vibrant quality that our community deserves. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ In this issue: Pabllo Vittar, Lauren Jauregui, MARINA, Will Young, Girli, Allie X, Violet Chachki, Aaron Porter, Sateen, Miss Benny, Greyson Chance, ARUN plus fashion, travel and opinion pieces from all over the world!