'Dublin was my haven after Pop Idol win,' says Will Young
Singer Will Young has said Ireland became his “haven” after he won the first season of reality talent show Pop Idol.
Following his victory, he decamped to Dublin, where he wrote his first songs.
“I have lots of special memories of Dublin because it’s where I wrote my debut album,” he told the Herald.
“The city really became my haven, where I could escape and start writing for the first time.
“What I love about Dublin is you can always find people who are friendly and want to chat, which is what I love doing.”
The 36-year-old also said he was delighted when the marriage equality referendum was passed in May.
“I thought it was fantastic. It was a moment in history and I thought it was a great day for Ireland,” he said.
“It was really exciting. It’s not just about gay rights, it’s about embracing a difference in everyone.”
The Love Revolution tour for his new album, called 85% Proof, is his first in four years, and he can’t wait to get back on the road.
“I’m really excited. There’s something very special about touring, and my new album has been written with playing live shows in mind, so I’m very excited to take it on the road,” he said.
“Also, having come from Pop Idol, I love that my fans are the ones who voted for me – that’s something very special for me.”
Young plays Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on November 8.