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Olly Alexander tells Attitude why he and Neil Milan have called it a day

By Will Stroude

As arguably the breakout gay pop star of 2015, Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander has made as many waves in the press as he has onstage – not least for his sweet and inspiring relationship with fellow chart-topper Neil Milan, which has provided a rare public example of a young and happy gay couple for kids to look up to.

As well as his colourful cover shoot for the new issue of Attitude (out now) the 25-year-old features in a full 10-page interview inside, in which he talks about music, mental health and fame, admitting that the pressures of his hectic new life and the “weird” experience of maintaining a public relationship contributed to his recent split with the Clean Bandit violinist.

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“We’ve had less and less time to spend together and the time we did have together were such short periods it put so much pressure on our relationship” he says, explaining that the pair “both decided it wasn’t working”.

Olly stresses that the former couple remain on good terms – something we’re all too glad to hear.

“I don’t feel differently towards him. I still have a lot of feelings towards gim and that hasn’t changed. I think I need to give it time and see how I feel.”

He adds: “We’re still in touch. We’re just giving each other a bit of space. It’s still pretty new to be honest.”

You can the full interview with Olly in the the new issue of Attitude, which also includes a hilarious interview with Alan Carr, a chat with the award-winning star of Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor, a look at gentrification and how it’s affecting London’s queer community, and a hot photo spread with some of the high-profile trans guys making waves in 2015.

The new issue of Attitude is now available as a digital download from

It’s in shops next Wednesday, December 9 and print copies are available to order from

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