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Will Young fans have been left devastated after watching "heartbreaking" documentary about his twin brother, Rupert's, suicide.
Rupert battled mental health issues from a young and tragically took his own life in July 2020.
Will's new Channel 4 documentary, Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert, aired tonight (May 10) and revealed details on Rupert's tragic past and battle with his mental health.
Minutes after the documentary started, viewers took to social media to praise the star on opening up about Rupert's death.
One viewer penned: "You’re an exceptionally good brother and human being, Will. It must have been tough to go through all this and to tell us all about it. You will have helped countless others by doing so. That’s immense courage and kindness. Thank you."
A second wrote: "Will Young confirming what a really lovely guy he is on #channel4. Heartbreaking hearing him reminisce about his twin brother who he clearly adored."
Another tweeted: "Balling my eyes out at Will Young losing my twin… so heartbreaking."
While a fourth posted: "Thank you so much for sharing your story. It helps so much to know that someone is going through the same thing. What you said resonated so very deeply. Thank you."
Another said: "What an wonderfully insightful and heartbreaking documentary. I know how hard it is to get help from family experience. But hearing him being so honest about his feelings of resentment and anger towards the addiction and his brother was brave and refreshing."
Will, 43, revealed how he realised he "couldn't save" his twin brother, Rupert, who battled a long-standing addiction to alcohol and pain killers before taking his own life.
In the Channel 4 documentary, Will spoke to people who also battle with addiction, including podcaster, writer and campaigner Melissa Rice.
In a candid chat with Melissa, the former Pop Idol winner admitted that he feels "very grateful" that he got 42 years of Rupert.
The singer revealed that he spent "a lot of time" worrying about Rupert but admitted that he was still proud of his brother.
He said: "I did feel proud of him. He started a charity, he pedaloed the Thames, and raised about £50,000, and he did it all off his own back.
Will concluded the documentary by saying: "Talking about him is nice, that's how we keep people alive."
For emotional support you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.
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