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Will Young pays tribute to his late twin brother Rupert on their birthday

Will Young paid tribute to his late brother Rupert on their birthday on Wednesday.

The singer, 42, took to Instagram to share a poignant video that featured photos of his brother with him and their family over the years, as he said he felt Rupert was ‘always with [him]’. 

Rupert tragically took his own life in August last year aged 41, following years of battling with mental health and addiction.

‘I miss him yet feel he is always with me’: Will Young paid tribute to his late twin brother Rupert on their birthday on Wednesday following his tragic death aged 41

Will shared the collage on his Instagram stories with classical music, and penned: ‘It is mine and my twin’s birthday today. I miss him yet feel he is always with me.’

The slideshow showed Will and Rupert posing for a photo together as children, while another saw Rupert smiling in a photo alongside his loved ones.

Will and Rupert were also seen as babies enjoying spending time together in a sweet family photo, and in another Rupert pulled a funny face while with a friend.

Looking back: Will shared a poignant video that featured photos of his brother with him and their family over the years

Looking back: Will shared a poignant video that featured photos of his brother with him and their family over the years

Moving: Alongside the collage of photos, Will penned: 'It is mine and my twin's birthday today. I miss him yet feel he is always with me'

Moving: Alongside the collage of photos, Will penned: ‘It is mine and my twin’s birthday today. I miss him yet feel he is always with me’

Reflective: Will and Rupert were also seen as babies enjoying spending time together in a sweet family photo

Reflective: Will and Rupert were also seen as babies enjoying spending time together in a sweet family photo

In December, the Young family’s barrister said Rupert had managed to discharge himself from nearby St Thomas Hospital before taking his own life, and that the family had concerns over systemic failings in his care.

However, hospital bosses denied any failings and say Rupert absconded.

Will, who was thrust into the spotlight after winning Pop Idol in 2002, attended his brother’s inquest in December where he described himself as his brother’s carer before it ‘became too much’.

Speaking at the inquest, Will said: ‘I was a carer for him, but it became too much. He could not look after himself and I did not believe he could look after his own life.

‘I feel it is difficult for me. I am someone who is pretty in control over my emotional well-being. I am a functional adult. I have done a lot of work on myself.’

Family: Will and Rupert posed for photos with their loved ones in another picture

Family: Will and Rupert posed for photos with their loved ones in another picture

Poignant: One snap saw Will's brother looking reflective in a black-and-white picture

Poignant: One snap saw Will’s brother looking reflective in a black-and-white picture

Before: Another photo saw Rupert smiling in a photo alongside his loved ones

Before: Another photo saw Rupert smiling in a photo alongside his loved ones

The Coroner heard Rupert had an ongoing problem with alcohol and painkiller addiction which improved when he was around animals, dogs and horses in particular.

A toxicologist report showed he had alcohol in his system at the time of his death.

For decades, Rupert battled with his mental health, including depression and PTSD, and made many suicide threats and attempts, the inquest heard.

Will said: ‘Rupert struggled with depression and anxiety, I would say for 20 years. Over that time, more times than I can think of, there have been suicide attempts or suicide ideation.

RIP: Rupert tragically took his own life in August last year, following years of battling with mental health and addiction (pictured with Will in 2009)

RIP: Rupert tragically took his own life in August last year, following years of battling with mental health and addiction (pictured with Will in 2009) 

‘Most of the time if it was threatening to jump off my roof, threatening to jump off a bridge, having a noose around his neck, having a knife […] it would be a cry for help.

‘There were few times actually that he had gone full, full, full through with it.’

Around a week before the tragedy, Will reported his brother to the police as a trespasser and Rupert was removed from the house.

He had lived with Will on and off for three years and had no other support system or friends, it was said.

Candid: Will, who was thrust into the spotlight after winning Pop Idol in 2002, said he was his brother's carer before it 'became too much' in an inquest December (pictured in 2008)

Candid: Will, who was thrust into the spotlight after winning Pop Idol in 2002, said he was his brother’s carer before it ‘became too much’ in an inquest December (pictured in 2008)

Will also asked hospital staff to cut communication ties with his brother during his recovery, and he told the inquest: ‘I could not live in my house if it had gone beyond my means and it was affecting my well-being.’

He added: ‘I was not then there. For my own protection, for my own well-being, emotional well-being, I stayed around the corner and rang the police. I reported him as a trespasser.’ 

In the three weeks leading up to his death, Rupert had been drinking up to 30 cans of beer per day, the inquest heard.

He had also broken up with his girlfriend, was removed from his brother’s house and did not have any friends to support him, it was said.

The inquest also heard that Rupert was sometimes well, would abstain from alcohol and would go for periods without feeling suicidal.

While other times, he was drinking perhaps 20 beers a day and was so incapable he could not even take himself to the toilet.

It was said he was in ‘that dark place’ in the three weeks leading up to his suicide, and GP reports confirmed he also suffered from major anxiety and PTSD.

He had told his GP of plans to practice mindfulness and volunteer with a dog sanctuary, it was said in evidence. 

If you have been affected by this story, you can call the Samaritans on 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org. 

Struggle: Will told the inquest that for decades Rupert battled with his mental health, including depression and PTSD, and made many suicide threats and attempts (pictured in 2008)

Struggle: Will told the inquest that for decades Rupert battled with his mental health, including depression and PTSD, and made many suicide threats and attempts (pictured in 2008)


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