Will Young spoke candily about the 'internalised shame' he felt about being gay while growing up.
The singer appeared on Channel 4 show Sunday Brunch to promote his new book To Be A Gay Man, and admitted the last decade has seen him confront a lot of feelings about his sexuality.
Will, 41, admitted he only discovered he felt 'gay shame' at the age of 32.
Speaking out: Will Young spoke candily about the 'internalised shame' he felt about being gay while growing up in a new interview with Sunday Brunch this weekend
Speaking on the Channel 4 show to hosts Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer, the Leave Right Now hitmaker recalled the 'awful, internalised shame' he felt growing up gay.
He said: 'I was doing this podcast, it was an LGBT podcast, and a lot of gay shame came up a lot.
'Gay shame is a particular thing when if you are growing up feeling like you are wrong in society and all the messages that you are getting from movies, TV, I mean this is like back in the day, so much better now, is that you are defunct and you are wrong.
Smiles: Will, pictured walking his dog after his TV appearance, appeared on Channel 4 show Sunday Brunch to promote his new book To Be A Gay Man, and admitted the last decade has seen him confront a lot of feelings about his sexuality
'It creates this awful, internalised shame and it starts from when you are really young and its a topic that is quite under-explored.'
Will described how he 'did't realise' he had 'gay shame' until he was 'about 32' but 'got out of it'.
He went on to explain that reflecting on his life for his book caused him to confront his emotions.
'Some of the stories I had completely forgotten,’ he said. 'It’s soul-destroying to walk around thinking, "I am not for this world, I am wrong," it destroys your inner being.’
Release: Will added author to his skill set with the release of his book, entitled To Be A Gay Man, which is 'part self-help guide and part memoir'
"But it was all just part of the parcel,' he stressed. 'People were homophobic about you on the radio, on TV or in the press – you