“Caring for my brother became too much”: Will Young

Will Young, the singer, talks about his twin, Rupert Young, who had threatened or tried to take his own life on several occasions. Kevin Rawlinson, the Guardian. December 2020.

Will and Rupert Young

Will Young has described how years spent caring for his twin brother, who struggled with depression and addiction, became too much and he eventually felt he had to get police involved. His brother died soon after.

The singer reportedly told an inquest he had become overwhelmed after his sibling, Rupert Young, threatened or tried to take his own life several times.

“I was a carer for him but it became too much. He could not look after himself and I did not believe he could look after his own life. I feel it is difficult for me. I am someone who is pretty in control over my emotional wellbeing. I am a functional adult. I have done a lot of work on myself,” Young told Poplar coroner’s court.

The hearing was told that Rupert died on 2 August this year after jumping from Westminster bridge in London, the Times reported.

“Rupert struggled with depression and anxiety, I would say for 20 years,” the paper quoted Will Young as saying. “Over that time, more times than I can think of, there have been suicide attempts or suicide ideation. Most of the time it was threatening to jump off my roof, threatening to jump off a bridge, having a noose around his neck, having a knife … it would be a cry for help.

“There were few times actually that he had gone full, full, full through with it.”

Read more : https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/dec/14/will-young-tells-inquest-caring-for-my-brother-became-too-much?

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