Will Young ‘aghast’ at Chris Moyles’ ‘rampage of homophobia’ on radio in 2009

Will Young has said he was ‘aghast’ when Chris Moyles embarked on a ‘rampage of homophobia’ against him in on the radio in 2009.

Chris, at the time, was one of the most prominent figures in the media industry, presenting the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

Recalling the moment in his new book To Be a Gay Man (and in an extract published today in The Times), Will says Chris ‘decided to embark on a rampage of homophobia against me – on my birthday no less. It was something that left me aghast, especially as he and I were on friendly terms.’

During the segment, Will says Chris impersonated him and put on a ‘silly, overly camp voice.’

The All Time Love singer then told the publication of the incident: ‘It still makes me feel sad in a way, because it did affect how important I felt my sexuality was, and because I didn’t stand up for myself. So even though I was like, ”Oh, it doesn’t matter,” it did, actually. It was really bad. Really bad.’


Ofcom later ruled that that Chris’s show that day breached broadcasting code.

Chris presented the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show from 2004 to 2012.

Will shot to fame on the 2002 series of Pop Idol. He is known for hits including Leave Right Now, All Time Love and Changes.

The star is also known for his acting work in the likes of Mrs. Henderson Presents and for appearing on Strictly Come Dancing in 2016.

Reps for Chris Moyles and Will Young have been approached for comment.

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