Olly Alexander, lead singer of U.K. pop outfit Years & Years, opened up to Attitude about recent break up with Clean Bandit violinist, Neil Milan.
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- Years & Years singer Olly Alexander talks ‘difficult second album’, break-ups and LGBTQ rights
- Years & Years singer Olly Alexander talks 'difficult second album', break-ups and LGBTQ rights
I was wondering what AI Artificial Intelligence will be like. Or what it meant to be gay, or to be a man, or to have gender? He continues: You start looking at yourself in a different way and navigate all of that. I guess a lot of that went into the themes of songs. How was it having a famous boyfriend? We were happy to be seen in public together.
But when the relationship ended it was awful. I wanted to write about that feeling of being intoxicated in the romance of it. The thought of letting someone into my life seems too much for me right now.
And he made a powerful documentary shown on BBC3 called Growing Up Gay in which he discussed his own experiences with his sexuality and linked problems including bullying and mental health. He says: If it helps others then it can only be good. People used to make fun of me for looking like a girl and I found that really tough. All you want to do is fit in. I had issues with food and not eating and self-harming. He was drinking a lot and it was very turbulent at home.
It was tough on me, my brother and my mum.
Alexander — who was born in Yorkshire but grew up in Blackpool and Coleford before moving to London — is frank about the troubled relationship with his dad. One of the largest and most successful of the kink apps, truthfully, I found it confusing and difficult to use, so never actually managed to even finish completing a profile. Still, those that use it regularly, swear by it. I only recently tried out Hinge and actually kind of enjoyed it.profatperca.gq
Years & Years singer Olly Alexander talks ‘difficult second album’, break-ups and LGBTQ rights
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Years & Years singer Olly Alexander talks 'difficult second album', break-ups and LGBTQ rights
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