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Will Young says he sold Brit Awards as they “didn’t spark joy”

In 2018 the singer auctioned off the two awards for £5,000 to donate to a dogs’ home in Thailand

By Hollie Geraghty

Will Young winning a Brit Award in 2005
Will Young at the Brit Awards in 2005. (Photo: YouTube).

Will Young has revealed that the reason he sold his Brit Awards was because they “didn’t spark joy”.

In 2018 the singer auctioned off the two awards for £5,000 after clearing out his home to donate to a dogs’ home in Thailand. 

Young, who topped the charts with tracks like ‘Light My Fire’ and ‘Leave Right Now’, won Best Breakthrough Act in 2003 and Best Song in 2005.

Speaking to Stacey Solomon on ‘The One Show’ on Tuesday (November 2), he said:  “I did get rid of a lot of awards a few years ago. I actually got rid of my Brits.”

Solomon, who was promoting her new TV series about decluttering, said: “I would have had them!”, to which Young responded: “I auctioned them.”

He added: “Maybe you bought them – is that them on the mantlepiece?”

The singer revealed that the awards “didn’t spark joy”, but said his Top of the Pops awards “weren’t going anywhere.”

Speaking previously about his decision to auction off the awards, he said: “People think I am mad to get rid of my Brits but to me they are just a reminder of a not very happy time in my life. I would rather the money go to the dogs”.

Will Young last month announced that he is embarking on a UK tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of him winning the original series of ‘Pop Idol’ which launched him into the spotlight.

In a tweet the singer said he was “forever grateful”, adding “I’m thankful for all of your support since the start”.

He continued: “It’s only thanks to you all that I’ve been able to carry on doing what I love most, which is writing/recording music and performing live. I’ve spent the last few months planning how to mark 2022 in the biggest way possible, and top of the list HAD to be an anniversary tour.”

He said on the ‘20 Years Tour’ he will be performing hits from across his career, also sharing that he is working on the ‘20 Years The Greatest Hits’ singles album.

The tour will take place from October to November 2022, starting in Glasgow and ending at London’s Palladium Theatre.

Tickets are available here.

Find the full tour schedule below. 

​​October 2022

12 – SEC Armadillo, Glasgow

13 – Barbican, York

15 – Symphony Hall, Birmingham

16 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh

18 – O2 City Hall, Newcastle

19 – Winter Gardens, Blackpool

21 – Bonus Arena, Hull

22 – O2 Apollo, Manchester

24 – City Hall, Sheffield

25 – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

26 – New Theatre, Oxford

28 – Regent Theatre, Ipswich

29 – Cliffs Pavilion, Southend

31 – Princess Theatre, Torquay

November 2022

1 – Guildhall, Portsmouth

3 – St David’s Hall, Cardiff

4 – Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth

5 – Brighton Centre, Brighton

7 – Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

8 – The Forum, Bath

10 – Arena, Swansea

11 – Palladium, London