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Will Young reveals brother Rupert would sleep in front of newsagents while battling alcoholism

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Will Young has told how his twin brother Rupert would sometimes pass out on the streets “towards the end” of his life.

Rupert fell from Westminster Bridge in July 2020 aged 41 after a long battle with depression and addiction to alcohol and painkillers.

Will discussed his brother’s issues in his Channel 4 documentary Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert which some viewers said brought them to tears.

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Heartbreaking: Will Young told how his twin brother Rupert sometimes passed out on the streets ‘towards the end’ of his life

Recalling the last months of his brother’s life, Will said: ‘Towards the end he was knocking on neighbors’ doors in the morning asking for money. He fainted in front of a newsagent.

“He had become a person who was on the streets. I don’t actually judge these people. I feel great empathy for them because that’s Rupert, that’s what he’s become.

Will also spoke about when the police told him his brother had committed suicide, which happened shortly after he kicked him out of the house.

The singer had become a carer for Rupert by then as he struggled with his alcohol addiction.

Tragedy: Rupert fell from Westminster Bridge in July 2020 aged 41 after a long battle with depression and addiction to alcohol and painkillers

Tragedy: Rupert fell from Westminster Bridge in July 2020 aged 41 after a long battle with depression and addiction to alcohol and painkillers

Will also speculated that Rupert’s death may have been partly due to the death of his beloved dog Lola two months prior.

He said: “It was like she and Rupert were one. Rupert always joked that when Lola died he would go on the biggest bender of all time, but when she died it was truly horrifying.

“He never explicitly said that I will leave this earth when Lola leaves this earth but Lola died at the end of May 2020 and he died in July 2020. In the end he would be drinking 24 hours a day.”

Remembering kicking Rupert out, Will said he knew there was a possibility his brother would die if he was alone.

Emotional: Will discussed his brother's issues in his Channel 4 documentary Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert which some viewers say brought them to tears

Emotional: Will discussed his brother’s issues in his Channel 4 documentary Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert which some viewers say brought them to tears

He explained, “I had to be okay with that. I was okay with everything I had done to try to help her. I knew there was nothing more I could do. I had not reached this stage before, but I have reached this stage.

“It was Sunday and I opened the door and there were police standing there. I said, “He killed himself, didn’t he?” That’s the first thing I said. They said, “Can we come in?” and I said, “Just tell me,” and one of them said, “Yeah, he killed himself.” ‘

He added: “It brought a whole load of grief, that I couldn’t save him.”

Rupert’s alcohol addiction began around age 18 and continued throughout his adult life.

Will said: “He had become a person who was on the streets.  I don't actually judge these people.  I feel great empathy for them because that's Rupert, that's what he's become.

Will said: “He had become a person who was on the streets. I don’t actually judge these people. I feel great empathy for them because that’s Rupert, that’s what he’s become.

Family: Rupert fell from Westminster Bridge in July 2020 after a long battle with mental health and addiction to alcohol and painkillers (Rupert and Will pictured in 2008)

Family: Rupert fell from Westminster Bridge in July 2020 after a long battle with mental health and addiction to alcohol and painkillers (Rupert and Will pictured in 2008)

Will noted that Rupert got sober around 2005, saying it was “good not to worry about him” for a while.

He started drinking again after breaking up with a girlfriend and moved in with his brother in 2016.

Will said: ‘I can’t remember why they broke up, but I think he started drinking again. From the time he started living with me from 2016, he was drinking around 40 beers a day.

“I was his caregiver. Clean the p**s, clean the sick, sometimes I had to wipe his ass. It was really really bad.

Will also said that Rupert has made several other assassination attempts in the past, including when Will was a contestant on Pop Idol in 2002.

Reaction: Viewers took to social media to praise Will and Channel 4 for highlighting alcohol addiction

Reaction: Viewers took to social media to praise Will and Channel 4 for highlighting alcohol addiction

He said: “The suicide attempts, cutting his wrists, which started when he was 18 and continued for years. I remember we were 22, I had started the Pop Idol auditions and Rupert had cut his wrists really badly in Bristol.

“Then he came to the studios over the weekend and his stitches burst as I was about to continue singing.

“It’s a very visceral thing to think about the cut of the wrists. I just thought, I have to go on.

Viewers took to social media to praise Will and Channel 4 for highlighting alcohol addiction.

One said: “Losing my twin brother Rupert is a brilliant program. Honest, brutal, tender and beautifully paced. Drug addiction is a terrible disease that is mostly misunderstood.

Memories: At the end of the programme, Will said he was still grieving over his brother's death, but had learned not to 'ignore it'

Memories: At the end of the programme, Will said he was still grieving over his brother’s death, but had learned not to ‘ignore it’

Another wrote: ‘I swear I haven’t stopped crying for an hour. Rupert will live through his family and they are so brave to open up and talk so openly about him.

Another viewer added, “So sad so many people can connect with this story.”

At the end of the program, Will said he was still grieving over his brother’s death, but had learned not to “ignore it”.

He said: ‘That’s the key. There are many signs for me that he is there. Talking about him is fine. This is how we keep people alive.

For confidential support, call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local branch of the Samaritans. To seewww.samaritans.org for more details.

He said: 'That's the key.  There are many signs for me that he is there.  Talking about him is fine.  That's how we keep people alive'

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

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