Will Young says late brother Rupert would pass out on the streets

Will Young says his late twin brother Rupert would sometimes pass out on the streets near to the end of his life.

Rupert died by suicide in July 2020 at the age of 41 after falling from Westminster Bridge.

He had suffered from depression and addiction to alcohol and painkillers for a long time.

Will, 43, opened up about his brother’s struggling in his Channel 4 documentary Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert.

Reflecting on brother Rupert’s final few days, Will recalled the moments his twin brother would be passed out on the streets.

Will shared that his brother how his brother turned into a “monster” when he drank.

Recalling the final months of his brother’s life, Will said: “Towards the end, he was knocking on neighbours’ doors in the morning asking for money. He was passed out outside a newsagent.

“He had become a person that was on the street. I don’t judge those people, actually. I feel great empathy for them because that is Rupert. That’s what he became.”

The singer also revealed the heartbreaking moment he realised he “couldn’t save” his sibling.

The Pop Idol winner was his brother’s carer in the years before his death.

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He said: “My day would start. Either he was sick, or he would have peed on the sofa, so I’d have to clear that up, then go get more beers and codeine because he was addicted to painkillers.”

Just a week before Rupert’s death, the singer had reported a his brother as a trespasser in order to remove him from his home.

Will added: “At the end, he would be drinking 24 hours a day.

"You’ve got this monster who’s not moving. So the only thing was to throw him out but also to be aware he might end up killing himself. I was OK with everything I’d done to try to help him.”

The documentary marks the first time Will has opened up about his brother’s struggles since his death.

At the end of the programme, Will said he still carries pain over his brother’s death, but has learned not to ‘ignore it’.

He said: ‘That’s the key. There’s lots of signs for me that he’s there. Talking about him is nice. That’s how we keep people alive.’

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