Will Young pays tribute to late twin brother on first birthday since his death

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Will Young (R) with his twin brother Rupert Young (L) in 2008. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Will Young (R) with his twin brother Rupert Young (L) in 2008. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Will Young has paid tribute to his late twin brother Rupert on their 42nd birthday.

Wednesday 20 January marked the Pop Idol winner's first birthday without his brother who died last year after jumping from a bridge.

Writing on his Instagram stories, he shared: "It is mine and my twin's birthday today. I miss him yet feel he is always with me."

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Will Young posted a tribute to Instagram. (Will Young/Instagram)
Will Young posted a tribute to Instagram. (Will Young/Instagram)

He also posted a slideshow of pictures of his brother and himself, including a snap of them as children.

At an inquest last year, Will told of how he cared for his brother, who battled depression and anxiety, for a time before it became "too much".

He told Poplar Coroner's Court that he became overwhelmed after Rupert threatened or tried to take his own life on numerous occasions.

The Times reported that Young also said he had reported his brother to the police as trespasser at his Berkshire home around a week before his death.

Will Young said his brother battled with his mental health. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
Will Young said his brother battled with his mental health. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)

The hearing was told he died in August 2020 after jumping from Westminster Bridge in London.

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The singer had previously spoken about his brother's addiction issues. In 2008, he told the Daily Record: "It's very tough having a family member who is an addict. But when you're dealing with that you eventually have to just stop and look after yourself."

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