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04 August 2020 12:53

Will Young's twin brother Rupert has died aged 41, a spokesperson for the singer has confirmed.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Will Young with brother Rupert in 2008 Rupert Young, the twin brother of UK singer and Pop Idol winner Will, has died at the age of 41. A spokesperson for the singer confirmed the death and requested privacy for the star and his family "during this very difficult and sad time". The singer had spoken in the past about his sibling's mental health issues and battles with alcohol. "It's very tough having a family member who is an addict," he told the Daily Record in 2008. Rupert Young, who set up a mental health charity called The Mood Foundation in the late 2000s, also spoke openly about his struggles with depression.

In 2008 he talked about seeing his brother perform on morning television when he had himself spent the previous night drinking and self-harming. "It seemed bizarre to me that two people who are genetically the same could behave in such different ways," he said. Image copyright Island Records Image caption Will Young beat Gareth Gates to be named the first Pop Idol In 2015 Will Young spoke about having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which he attributed partly to being separated from his twin at birth. The singer was crowned the first Pop Idol in 2001 and has since released seven albums, written two books and has acted on film and stage. When he set up The Mood Foundation, Rupert Young said he had been "badly affected by depressive conditions" and had "suffered from addiction, self-harm and major depression".

"It took years for me to first realise there was something wrong and then to find the right treatment," he wrote. According to information from the Charity Commission, the organisation operated from 2008 to 2010. If you are experiencing emotional stress, help and support is available: BBC Action Line. Will Young devastated after twin brother Rupert dies aged 41 Rupert Young has sadly passed away. Picture: REX/Getty Rupert Young has tragically passed away. Will Young's twin brother Rupert has died aged 41, a spokesperson for the singer has confirmed. A friend told The Sun: "Will's relationship with Rupert had been tough over the years at times, and they had both spoken about the mental health problems which had made it challenging. "But there were hopes he had turned a corner and they are a very loving family - and utterly devastated by his passing." Will's spokesperson has now confirmed the news, saying: "I can confirm that Will's brother has very sadly passed away. Will and Rupert in 2009. Picture: Getty "We would like to request privacy for Will and his family during this very difficult and sad time." Rupert's cause of death has not been confirmed. Will had previously spoken about his brother's battle with alcohol and depression, telling The Daily Record in 2013: "There was a moment when I had to go to some awards thing. I had an album out, I was in a film and I was having a great time professionally. I had to drive past the train station, and I knew that he'd been there for a day, just drinking. "But I knew I had to leave him alone. That was tough, of course it was, but you have to get on. And in that respect being so involved in work was a great thing." "It's very tough having a family member who is an addict. But when you're dealing with that you eventually have to just stop and look after yourself. Me, my parents, my older sister, everyone. We all just had to walk away. We had to leave him." Rupert passed away aged 41. Picture: REX Rupert set up a charity called the Mood Foundation in 2008, which lists private therapists who offer free therapy to people with anxiety and depression. He said at the time: "My aim is to help people suffering from depressive conditions who are being prevented from recovery because they cannot afford the correct treatment or they do not meet the correct 'threshold' to access the appropriate services. "One sufferer affects the lives of everyone around them." Our thoughts go out to Will and his family. Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 24 hours a day.