Olly Alexander fights with self-harm and homophobic bullying
We shouldn’t bullying gays or lesbians just because they differ from us. They are the same people, with their views, feelings, dreams. People be kinder.
Years & Years’ singer Olly Alexander has opened up about dealing with homophobic bullying and how it drove him to self-harm. The 26-year-old explained that he was subject to severe homophobic bullying during school. He was often picked on and got into numerous fights.
This bullying led to Alexander being bulimic and self-harming. He told the Evening Standard: “School wasn’t a pleasant environment. When I was bullied it was two things. “It’s the language, being called a ‘fag’ or ‘poof’. Being picked on. Being called ‘gay’ as a negative word — it still is, really. Then there was the physical side — I got into a few fights.
Alexander explained that he knew of his sexuality from a very young age, but did not accept it because of the bullying. He said: “I think I knew I was gay from a very young age, probably in primary school. “By secondary school, I was just in denial. It wasn’t until I was 18 or 19 that I fully accepted it and came out to my friends and my mum.”
He added that the at the school he went to, LGBT issues were not addressed, which further deterred him from coming out. “I went to a bog-standard comprehensive school, and there wasn’t such a thing as LGBT people – they just didn’t exist. There was no inclusive sex or relationship education – I feel like that really would have helped me.” Alexander opened up about the struggles he faced during school as he is currently making a documentary with the BBC called Growing Up Gay. The singer hopes that the documentary will help other LGBT youth so they can avoid the trauma that Alexander went through.