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Will Young: I suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after hiding my sexuality

Will Young said he battled self-doubt and 'overwhelming' anxiety. Credit: PA Wire

Singer Will Young has revealed how he was diagnosed for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after years of hiding his sexuality.

Young, who shot to fame after winning ITV's Pop Idol in 2002, said "self-sabotage" and "overwhelming levels of anxiety" forced him to seek help in 2012.

The 36-year-old said he spent six months receiving treatment for an array of psychological disorders - including PTSD - at residential trauma centre Khiron House in Oxfordshire.

Young says his PTSD was a culmination of keeping his homosexuality a secret, being bullied at primary school and being separated from his twin brother at birth (Young was born six weeks early over health concerns).

Young has sold more than 10 million albums. Credit: PA Wire

PTSD is not just a consequence of a single traumatic event such as military combat, a road accident or sexual abuse - it can develop over time.

He said his self-doubt would affect him onstage, revealing that a voice in his head would be saying: “You are the most useless piece of s*** on this stage. You look fat. Your dancing is atrocious.”

“My brain had shut down due to overwhelming levels of anxiety,"

He told The Times (£): “My brain had shut down due to overwhelming levels of anxiety.

"I couldn’t even recognise my own face in a mirror. It was terrifying. It’s basically an extreme fight-or-flight response.”