Words: Jamie Tabberer; pictures: Channel 4
Olly Alexander has shared fears about other gay men tearing him down.
The Years & Years frontman called the anxieties "irrational" while speaking to GQ Hype, adding he wants to make his community "proud".
The star recently reached new levels of fame playing young gay guy Ritchie on Russell T Davies' hot Channel 4 drama It's A Sin.
"I don’t want to demonise anybody"
Asked if he worries how gay men will respond to his work, the 30-year-old said: "I should be careful, because I don’t want to demonise anybody. But I tried to really unpack this myself and... I’ll just sort of say it.
"I have this – I think irrational – anxiety about gay men tearing me down. And I tried to interrogate that within myself and I think it’s complicated, because a lot of it has to do with internalised phobias and shame, about how I see myself versus how other people see me."
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Breaking down in tears, the 'Shine' singer then told the publication: "What I do know is that I want them to not hate me. And I want to make the community proud. It’s been at the heart of pretty much every decision I’ve ever made. And I don’t know if I’ve always got it right."
Olly and his Years & Years bandmates are known for hits including 'If You're Over Me' and 'Eyes Shut.' To celebrate It's A Sin, the band recently released a cover version of the song of the same name by Pet Shop Boys.