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Digital Subscriptions > DNA Magazine > DNA #235 - Modern Man Issue > WILL’S WAY


At 23 he found fame after winning Pop Idol. He has produced almost two decades worth of hit albums, and starred in film, TV and theatre… no wonder Will Young said time out.

But, to his own surprise, he’s back with a formidable new album, Lexicon, a sexy video to boot, books and podcasts!

At 40, he’s looking fit and feeling fabulous, he tells DNA.

For almost 20 years, Will Young has been a household name in the UK and well-known to gay audiences around the world.

In 2002 his emotive voice, handsome mug and defiant demeanor won him the British Pop Idol reality TV series, the forerunner of today’s X Factor and The Voice.

At the time, the only charting gay artists were Elton John, Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant and Erasure’s Andy Bell. There was also George Michael, forcibly yanked out of the closet by an undercover cop in an Los Angeles toilet in 1998 – so there was a significant amount of public shaming still attached to coming out in the pop world at the time.

Will, who turned 40 in January this year, possess one of the loveliest male voices in the music business, is no wallflower and has never been afraid of being openly gay in the very straight music business. It’s an attitude that has shaped both his career and his life.

Thanks to the TV show and Simon Cowell, Will’s career got off to a blistering start when his debut album From Now On went to #1 in the UK in 2002. The follow-up, 2003’s Friday’s Child also reached #1 with help from the massive success of the single, Leave Right Now.

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Lifeguard – Cover boy Barratt Pall on beach patrol. Tanzania – Why the LGBTIQs are living in fear. Will Young – At 40, he’s feeling good and mighty fit! Monogamy – Is it the new minority? RuPaul’s Werk Shop – And the straights love it! Gay Ski Week – Japan for shredders! Nick Fitt – Adult star with a social conscience. Gentleman Jack – Why we love it! Sex Move – Revive a dull bedroom. Straight Mate – 50 shades of Tim Robards. Derek Bolt – In the shower! Cheyenne Jackson – In his underwear!