Will Young Says He Had to Re-Record Hit Song 'Leave Right Now' for Sounding 'Too Gay'

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Will Young photographed in London on Feb. 14, 2018. 

Will Young, the 2002 original winner of the U.K.’s Pop Idol, said that when he was recording his 2003 album Friday’s Child, his producers made him re-record his hit song “Leave Right Now” multiple times because he sounded “too gay.”

In an interview with The Telegraph, the singer said that while he wasn’t aware at the time of the reason why he had to re-record the song, he later found out the truth. “When I was recording ‘Leave Right Now,’ someone at the record company said I ‘sounded gay’ and kept making me re-record the track,” he said. “There’s a real flavour to homophobia and bigotry. It’s really shaming. People don’t understand the power of language.”

Young faced homophobia earlier this year from a London bus driver. The singer called out the driver online for calling him a “poofter,” which eventually attracted the attention of Transport for London, who reached out to Young to try and solve the issue.

Read Young’s full interview with The Telegraph here.