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Watch Yungblud’s hell-raising headline set at the Attitude Awards

The 23-year-old singer received the Gamechanger Award during Tuesday night's virtual ceremony in London.

By Will Stroude

Yungblud ensured the 2020 Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar went out with a bang this week with a barn-storming headline set which reminded the thousands of people watching online of just why he’s one of British music’s most exciting new prospects.

The 23-year-old singer, who received the Gamchanger Award during Tuesday night’s virtual ceremony at London’s iconic Camden Roundhouse, closed the show with a 15-minute set which included performances of his singles ‘Strawberry Lipstick’, ‘Weird’, and ‘Cotton Candy’.

The tracks are taken from Yungblud’s upcoming second studio album, Weird!, which is set for release this Friday (4 December).

During his acceptance speech at the Attitude Awards, the Doncaster-born singer declared that “everyone deserves to love and to be loved in return, adding that “without love, we’re all f**ked”.

It comes as Yungblud, real name Dominic Harrison, reveals in the Attitude Awards issue – out now to download and to order globally – that he now considers himself to be part of the LGBTQ community himself.

“I’m still quite weird about going, ‘This is what I am,’ to the world because I’ve never really said it,” he admits. “I was excited about this interview to talk about that,” he says.

Asked if he now considers himself to be a part of the LGBTQ community, the ‘Cotton Candy’ hitmaker responds: “I know it’s such a massive statement to me, but probably, yeah, I think I would. I haven’t said that yet because I don’t want some mad article everywhere going: ‘Yungblud comes out as f***ing pan[sexual]!’

“I wasn’t into that idea – like, my sexuality is mine and I’m proud of it. But, as I say, I probably would say that, yeah, because I f***ing don’t know, I love everyone, I’m attracted to everyone.”

Yungblud adds that he has experimented and “hooked up” with men in the past.

“I’ve never dated someone publicly who’s a guy, but I’ve definitely f***ing like hooked up with people and been into it and loved it,” he says. “What’s crazy is, I didn’t preconceive that, but when that happened, I was like, ‘Oh!’ and it’s confusing because you’re like, ‘Holy s***, you’re beautiful and I f***ing had a great time and it’s magic.

Yungblud’s Attitude Awards issue is available to order globally in print now

“You’ve got to lose yourself in a load of people to figure who you are sexually… f*** me, bruv, two years [ago], I f***ing hated olives, now I love olives!”

Yungblud previously dated bisexual American singer Halsey, and he stresses that he “owe[s] a lot to that girl, in terms of my growth and my sexuality, in terms of everything.”

“She taught me so much, even about my sexuality,” he insists. “The conversations we would have at night, she has such knowledge because she’s been openly bisexual for years… it’s so funny when you’re dating someone, yet [you] owe them a lot towards your sexuality; even though she is not a man, she made me go, ‘Oh my God, I probably like am into that.’”

“I met someone, and she changed my whole perception of what love could be. It didn’t work out in the end because we’re better as friends and I think that’s what it was – we’re, kind of, very the same, so that was weird for us.”

Read the full interview with Yungblud in the Attitude Awards issue, out now to download and to order globally.

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