Who was Will Young's twin brother Rupert?

WILL Young sadly lost his twin brother when he was just 41.

Rupert had suffered from depression and alcoholism throughout his life.

Who was Rupert Young?

Rupert was the twin of Will Young, born ten minutes after his brother on January 20, 1979.

He spoke openly about his struggles with depression, and set up a mental health charity, The Mood Foundation, in 2008.

A friend told The Sun: “Will’s relationship with Rupert had been tough over the years at times, and they had both spoken about the mental health problems which had made it challenging.

“But there were hopes he had turned a corner and they are a very loving family – and utterly devastated by his passing.”

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In a 2008 interview, Rupert explained his struggle with depression: "I woke up one morning and turned on the TV.

"There was William on Richard & Judy, giving the most amazing performance of one of his songs.

"I had spent the night before drinking with tramps in a car park and cutting myself. 

"It seemed bizarre to me that two people who are genetically the same could behave in such different ways.

"I realised that something had gone very wrong. But I didn't know what, or why, and nor did anyone else."

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When did he die?

On August 3, 2020 Rupert took his own life after years battling alcohol abuse and depression.

He died after falling from Westminster Bridge, London.

A spokeswoman for Will confirmed on August 3, 2020: "I can confirm that Will’s brother has very sadly passed away.

"We would like to request privacy for Will and his family during this very difficult and sad time."

What has Will Young said about his death?

Will opens up about his brother's death in new Channel 4 documentary Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert.

On the doc the singer talks about his brother's death and says: “I had a big moment where I realised I couldn’t save him and that brought a whole lot of grief.

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“Now I just feel very grateful that I got 42 years with him.”

Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert is on Channel 4 tomorrow (May 10, 2022) at 10.00pm

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