Will Young has opened up in emotional documentary, Will Young: Losing My Twin Rupert, about his brother's death in August 2020at the age of 41.
Rupert took his own life after a long battle with alcohol addiction.
Aninquest that took place in January 2021heard that Rupert left hospital two days after being admitted without telling anyone, before he fell from London's Westminster Bridge.
Will, 43, and his family appeared in theChannel 4 documentary to detail the tragic loss and how it impacted the family.
In the heartbreaking documentary, Will shared how before Rupert’s death, he had thrown him out of his house.
He said: “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.”
Will opened up about how his twin brother struggled with alcohol from the age of 18 up until his death.
“I did everything I could to not let him die," Will said in the programme.
Will rose to fame when he won the 2002 series of Pop Idol and it was during the series that he became aware that his brother was partying a lot.
He recalled a moment before he was about to go on stage when his brother's stitches burst after he had cut himself.
His mum Annabel added that Rupert refused to go to the ambulance until he’d seen his brother perform.
The pair shared a close bond when they were younger and despite Will not posting many pictures of his family on social media, he did share a throwback snap stating that he was proud to be telling Rupert’s story.
“I’m very honoured and proud to tell my brother Rupert’s story in a documentary on Channel 4 airing May 10th at 10pm.”
He told viewers on the show: “My name is William Young. I'm a singer, actor and writer. It's important to tell my story, to tell Rupert's story, to tell my family's story and to tell the story of 20 years of living with my twin who was an alcoholic. Other people will be experiencing this and I don't want people to feel alone.”
The singer previously opened up on his relationship with his twin, saying it was “tough” to leave him at the height of his addiction problems.
"It was the family stepping away that actually got him better.
"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.”
He added: “Me, my parents, my older sister, everyone. We all just had to walk away. We had to leave him."
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