Will Young shares terrifying moment gang threatened to stab him in homophobic attack
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Will Young has revealed the horrifying moment a gang threatened to stab him in a homophobic attack.
The 42 year old Pop Idol winner went to help a busker, who he "felt sorry for" as they were being picked on by the group. But, the gang soon turned on the singer based on how he was dressed.
Recalling the scary incident, the Leave Right Now singer revealed: "When I got homophobically abused in Oxford, I'd stepped in.
"I was probably wearing some sort of floaty number and saw this harpist. These three lads were going to cause trouble so I stepped in and deflected it away from him.
"Then they turned on me, 'You're gay', started abusing me.
"I suddenly deployed a tactic I'd wanted to do for ages, because I felt like things could change."
Will, who spoke during a Penguin Live Talk to promote his book To Be A Gay Man, decided to cry out for help before bystanders stepped in to help Will.
He explained: "I shouted at the top of my voice, 'These boys are threatening me, they were threatening to stab me, they were threatening to' – in fact I won't use the language because it might offend some people."
The singer, who was previously struck with coronavirus, said recalling the incident triggered him: "I've got hair standing up now."
Will also discussed the issue of homophobia alongside Judge Rinder during the talk.
He explained: "What happens is parents, adults, sexualise the issue and put it onto the children.
"This is why there's a problem in school. Not only did I think I was sinful, I also thought I was doomed to die.
"I honestly thought I was doomed to die, I never thought I'd live past 20."
The terrifying incident isn't the only time singer Will has been cruelly targeted in a homophobic attack.
Another gang had threatened to stab Will in London around 14 years ago, as he was holding hands with his boyfriend at the time.
He told The Times: "I was wandering through the East End about 14 years ago, holding hands with my then boyfriend, Julian, and we had people shouting at us. Someone actually threatened to stab us."
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The Leave Right Now hitmaker, who came out months after his Pop Idol win, went on to explain that he still has "to think about where I feel I belong, and where I might feel unwelcome or even unsafe."
He continued: "I've had people threatening to stab me and I once had someone shouting 'queer' and 'f****t' at me from a Vauxhall Nova outside a pub in Hampstead.
"Although on that occasion, I just shouted 'f****t' back at them, so they got confused and drove off looking rather dejected."
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