Pop Idol Runner-Up Stands Behind Gay Will Young

Dominic Mohan of the Sun spoke with Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates about the bombshell news the show’s winner, revealed this weekend. Gareth said, “I have always known about him. It’s no big deal for him or for us. He’s still the Will that we all know and love. I think it was really brave for him to come out to everyone.” Meanwhile, Will made his first appearance since coming out yesterday where he announced from outside his home that he would perform at G.A.Y. – the country’s top gay nightclub.

Pop Idol Admits He’s Gay

March 9, 2002 – Will has admitted to News of the World that he is gay. The singer said following his record breaking opening week single success, “I feel it’s time to tell my fans I’m gay. It’s no big deal, just part of who I am. I really don’t know what the fuss is about. I always try to be honest with myself and truthful with everyone. My family and friends have known ever since I have.”

Medley Offer Rejected By BMG

March 5, 2002 – BBC reports the latest drama on Pop Idol winner Will that has his label BMG and Top of the Pops in a war of words. TOTP offered to have Young sing a medley of the ‘Anything Is Possible’ and ‘Evergreen’ songs in a 2 1/2 minute slot but his label BMG rejected the offer.

A spokeswoman for TOTP said, “We extended an olive branch suggesting that Will performs a medley of both songs to fit into a two-and-a-half minute time slot which is standard for the show. But BMG will not entertain the idea, which means millions of his fans will miss out on the chance to see him perform in the studio.”

Will Young’s BMG Label In Battle With Top Of The Pops

March 5, 2002 – A big controversy in the UK pop scene as Will is not being allowed to perform on Top of the Pops, with his label BMG demanding that the singer be allowed to play both ‘Anything Is Possible’ and ‘Evergreen’. TOTP say they only have time for him to play one track.

Final Numbers In On Will Young’s Record Breaking Debut

March 3, 2002 – NME reports Will has cleared 1.1 million copies of ‘Anything Is Possible/Evergreen’ in one week, crushing the record for the fastest selling debut in history. It appears likely Will should continue his momentum topping the chart next week. Shakira debuted in the number two spot with ‘Whenever, Wherever.’

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