Will Young still hurt by Chris Moyles' 'rampage of homophobia' against him on Radio 1 breakfast show

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·3 min read
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Will Young performs live on the BBCs 'The One Show' on the evening of the launch of his new album ‘Lexicon’ in the courtyard at BBC Broadcasting House on June 21, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
Will Young has admitted he is stil hurt by Chris Moyles mocking his sexuality with spoof songs. (Getty Images)

Will Young has confessed he is still upset that Chris Moyles embarked on a “rampage of homophobia” against him when he was the host of Radio 1’s breakfast show.

The Pop Idol winner revealed in new book To Be A Gay Man that he was left “aghast” when the BBC radio DJ decided to mock his sexuality on his birthday in 2009.

Young, 41, wrote: “BBC Radio 1 breakfast show DJ Chris Moyles 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.”

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The singer also told the Sunday Times magazine: “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.”

Moyles – whose BBC Radio 1’s The Chris Moyles Show had over 7 million listeners a week at the time – was reprimanded by media watchdog Ofcom for the comments, which they said breached broadcasting code.

The 46-year-old radio DJ – who now hosts a show on Radio X – spoofed a selection of Young’s hit singles, changing the lyrics to mock his sexuality.

Chris Moyles on stage at the Radio X Road Trip Show held at the O2 Apollo in  Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 2, 2015. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Chris Moyles spoofed Will Young's songs on his Radio 1 breakfast show, with reference to his sexuality. (PA)

In his version of Young’s No 1 single Leave Right Now, Moyles sang: “Oooh Will Young here, mmmm. I'm here, it's Will's birthday and as the years go by I get more very gay.

“When you saw me years ago you didn't know, but now I'm the gayest fella you probably know. Mmm I like to wear a silly hat, I get camper by the hour, oh would you look at the muck in here. I'm Will Young and I'm gay.”

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And in a spoof rendition of Pop Idol winner’s single Evergreen he changed the lyrics to: “It's my birthday, gonna wear my new dress tonight. And I smell nice. I've had a shower and I've shaved my legs. Going out later, might go to Nob-oooh for dinner.”

Ofcom said in its ruling that listeners could reasonably have thought the piece was “promoting and condoning certain negative stereotypes based on sexual orientation”.

But the BBC denied that Young had been ridiculed because of his sexuality, claiming, “regular listeners to the programme will have been aware that Will Young has been a guest on the show a number of times... [and therefore] such remarks were not intended to be taken as hostile or derogatory”.

Yahoo UK has contacted Moyles for comment.