Will Young was victim of homophobic attack after being targeted by group of men

Will Young was the victim of a homophobic attack after coming to the aid of a busker in Oxford.

The 42-year-old recalled the incident while speaking to Judge Rinder, 42, during a Penguin Live talk promoting his book, To Be A Gay Man.

The Pop Idol winner said he was trying to protects a street musician from abuse when he was attacked for the way he was dressed, according to The Sun.

Will remembered: “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" and started abusing me.”

The star decided to use a tactic to diffuse the situation that he said he had wanted to use for ages.

“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.”

One positive of the horrifying incident was Will learned how many allies he had as bystanders came over to help him.

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In the candid conversation, Will also confessed to not believing that he would live past the age of 20 due to suffering homophobia and shame over his sexuality from his younger years.

He said: "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.”

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Will opened up about his sexuality in an interview with Gay Times Magazine, saying he had felt “ashamed” over being openly gay.

He said: “'I think I was really ashamed of it to be honest.

“I'd say that 75% of that was my own stuff, and then getting older and being more confident, that's naturally just going to come out in anything that I do creatively.

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"I would also say that if I look back on how it was – even 10 years ago – there was no nurturing for it. Some of that shame was also people repressing me. If someone would ask about a boyfriend, the PR would step in and be like, ‘No!'

“I was very angry about that for a few years. I dealt with it and actually met up with an old person who used to do my press and was like, 'I need to tell you this because this is what was going on and I'm quite angry about it now to look back on it.

“She took it really well. It wasn't easy at all. It was the change in laws that started to make me think, as an employee in a sense, you can't stop me doing that anymore. The compost has changed.”

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