Will Young Forced To Re-Record ‘Leave Right Now’ Because He Sounded Gay
British singer Will Young has revealed he was forced to re-record one of his signature songs, because record executives felt he sounded “too gay” on the track.
The chart-topping singer, who came out in 2002, has taken a step away from singing over the last few years, revealed the moment he found out the ‘truth’ behind his number one single – which was released in 2003.
Speaking about his career, the Pop Idol winner explained: ‘I didn’t know at the time, but when I was recording ‘Leave Right Now’, someone at the record company said I ‘sounded gay’ and kept making me re-record the track.
“There’s a real flavour to homophobia and bigotry. It’s really shaming. People don’t understand the power of language.”
The mentioned it ruined his confidence and one of the reasons why he has suffered from bouts of PTSD, anxiety and addiction issues in the past. He’s now devoted himself to raising awareness of subjects around mental health, discussing the importance of mindfulness.
Watch the ‘Leave Right Now’ music video.