Will Young’s poignant tribute to late twin Rupert on first birthday since his death

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Will Young has honoured his twin brother Rupert with a birthday tribute.

Today marks their first birthday since Rupert's tragic death at the age of 41 on August 2 last year.

An inquest in December heard that Rupert had died after falling off a bridge following multiple suicide attempts.

"It is mine and my twin's birthday today," Will wrote on his Instagram Stories, "I miss him yet feel he is always with me."

He also shared a montage of Rupert, including one of the two of them together as children.

Will – who rocketed to fame as the winner of 2002's Pop Idol – appeared at Poplar Coroner's Court in December at the inquest.

Will Young paid tribute to his late brother

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He told: "Rupert struggled with depression and anxiety and for 20 years we knew over that time more times than I can tell you of suicide attempts or suicidal ideation."

Will added: "He had an inability to even make it to the loo. He was at that level. I had to [help him], I was a carer for him. But it became too much. He couldn't look after himself.

"I couldn't live in the house anymore. It had gone beyond my means and it was affecting my wellbeing.

Will shared a photograph of the two of them as children
(Image: Instagram)

Will shared a number of photographs of Rupert with his loved ones
(Image: Instagram)

"I stayed around the corner and rang up the police to report him as a trespasser."

Asked what had triggered Rupert's most recent depressive episode, Will told that the pandemic – which meant Rupert couldn't be around horses – was a factor, as well as the death of his dog Lola.

A post-mortem examination concluded Rupert's cause of death was immersion.

He penned a heartfelt message
(Image: Instagram)

Will said that the pandemic was a factor in Rupert's death
(Image: Getty Images)

The inquest was adjourned until January.

Meanwhile, Will was flooded by well-wishing messages after confirming in December that he'd been "struck" by Covid.

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