William Robert Young (born 20 January 1979) is a British singer-songwriter and actor who rose to notoriety after winning the ITV talent show Pop Idol in 2002, making him the first champion of the global Idol franchise.
“Anything Is Possible” / “Evergreen,” his double A-side first record, was released two weeks after the show’s finale and became the fastest-selling debut single in the UK. Young also placed sixth in World Idol, with the Doors’ single “Light My Fire.”
Young studied politics at the University of Exeter as a youngster before traveling to London to study musical theater at the Arts Educational School. In late 2001, Young put his studies on hold to compete on Pop Idol.
He released his debut album From Now On (2002), which went straight to number one after he won the competition the following year. Friday’s Child (2003) came next, and it was a bigger hit, hitting platinum five times in the UK and producing three top five singles.
Keep On (2005), Let It Go (2008), and Echoes (2011) were all multi-platinum albums, and 85 percent Proof (2015) was his fourth UK number-one album.
Many of his albums have produced top ten hits in the United Kingdom, with four of them reaching number one. Young has also done numerous concert tours and received numerous awards, including two Brit Awards from a total of 12 nominations and an estimated worldwide sales of over eight million albums. In April 2012, Young’s net worth was estimated to be £13.5 million.
Young has acted in films, on stage, and on television in addition to his music career. He was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his work in the 2013 London revival of Cabaret. He’s also a philanthropist who’s written books including Anything is Possible (2002), On Camera, Off Duty (2004), and his autobiography Funny Peculiar (2012).
Will Young has a $3 million net worth as an English singer-songwriter and actor. Will Young was born in January 1979 in Wokingham, Berkshire, England. Young won the first season of the British music television competition Pop Idol in 2002.
He released the single “Anything Is Possible” two weeks after the competition ended, and it became the fastest-selling debut single in the United Kingdom.
Family and childhood
Young is the second-oldest child of Robin Young, a corporate director of an engineering firm, and Annabel Young (née Griffith), a plant nursery gardener, and was born on January 20, 1979, in Wokingham, Berkshire. He was ten minutes older than his twin brother, Rupert, who was born six weeks prematurely (died August 2020). He has an older sister named Emma.
Young was born into a wealthy, middle-class family with extensive ties to the British government and military forces on his father’s side. His grandpa, Colonel Sir Aretas William Young, served in the Royal Air Force, and his great-great-great-great grandfather was Colonel Sir Aretas William Young, who joined the British Army at the age of seventeen in 1795 and fought in Ireland and Egypt before serving in the Peninsular War.
Aretas was afterwards stationed in Trinidad, where he rose through the ranks of the Trinidadian government until being appointed Protector of Slaves in Demerara.
In 1831, Aretas was appointed as the sixth Governor of Prince Edward Island, and three years later, King William IV knighted him. Sir Henry Young, the fifth Governor of South Australia and afterwards the first Governor of Tasmania, was one of Aretas’ sons.
Young came out as gay in March 2002, shortly after winning Pop Idol, preventing a tabloid publication from doing so. He also added that he had never concealed his sexual orientation and was at ease with it. Young was in a relationship as of 2017.
Young’s primary residence is in Dalston, East London. He also has a 17th-century home in the heart of Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor, where he enjoys gardening.
Rupert Young, Young’s twin brother, died on August 4, 2020, at the age of 41. “Will’s relationship with Rupert had been tough at times over the years, and they had both spoken about the mental health issues that had made it challenging… there were hopes he had turned a corner, and they are a very loving family – and utterly devastated by his passing,” a family spokesperson said.
Young spoke up about his prep school experience in April 2021, claiming he had PTSD. “I’ve been thinking a lot about prep school lately, and I’m wondering if any of those places will be held accountable for what I witnessed… kids being thrown against radiators. Other things I can’t discuss.” Young also recalled inebriated teachers “”You wouldn’t go for a ride with… Teachers looking at our penises in the shower, in the bath…”, according to one. Things that I experienced and witnessed gave me such a sense of injustice… I believe I escaped – not that I was unharmed.”
Young rescued two dogs from euthanasia in America in the year 2020. Domino, a half Bullmastiff, half Dalmatian, and Diamond, a Pit bull Labrador mix, are both four years old.