Posted by on July 15, 2017 11:27 am
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Olly Alexander has revealed how homophobic bullying as a teenager led to him self-harming and developing an eating disorder.

The Years & Years frontman has opened up about his own adolescent struggles ahead of a new BBC documentary in which he explores the reality of growing up gay in 21st century Britain.

Growing Up Gay – part of the BBC’s ‘Gay Britannia’ season – will see Olly examine the reasons why 40 percent of LGBT+ people will experience a significant mental health problem compared to around 25 percent of the whole population, and are more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide.

Recalling a lack of support during his own adolescence, the 26-year-old singer told the Evening Standard: “I went to a bog-standard comprehensive school, and there wasn’t such a thing as

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