Will Young supports mental health charity with Eddie Izzard after Beckham fury

Eddie Izzard and Will Young both showed up to support mental health charity Shout (Picture: Rex / Shutterstock)

Will Young has taken part in a fundraising night for a mental health charity with election hopeful Eddie Izzard after launching a blistering attack on David Beckham.

The musician is an outspoken advocate for mental health, often stressing the importance of speaking up as he himself shares difficult times from his past, from abuse at boarding school to his brother dying by suicide.

Will is also gay, and has spoken in the past about homophobic bullying growing up and in the music industry, recently revealing he was told he could only perform at an awards show if he kissed George Michael.

This week, Will became a leading voice in celebrities criticising footballer David for his reported multi-million pound deal with Qatar for the World Cup, admitting he was ‘disappointed more than I can say.’

He challenged the footballer to donate part of his reported earnings every year to LGBTQ+ charities so that ‘something can be salvaged from this odious deal,’ as being gay is illegal in the country.

Now Will has appeared at an event for mental health charity Shout, which featured fundraising and performances, including from comedian Eddie.

Singer Will looked smart in a brown cardigan and beret (Picture: Shutterstock)
Eddie performed a preview of Great Expectations in aid of Shout, with the show set to launch from December 9 (Picture: Shutterstock)

The actor performed a preview of upcoming show Great Expectations at the Charles Dickens museum in aid of the charity, having raffled tickets in a prize draw.

The pair have teamed up to support Shout, which is the UK’s first -a nd only – free text messaging support service for anyone struggling to cope and who may not be comfortable speaking aloud on the phone.

Photos from the night see Will and Eddie grinning or the camera as they pose together, Will in a black beret, white t shirt and brown cardigan.

Eddie and Will posed for photos upon their arrival at the vent (Picture: Shutterstock)
Pop Idol star Will beamed as he showed up to support the charity (Picture: Shutterstock)

Eddie meanwhile looked smart in a black coat, tights and a slash of red lipstick.

The comedian, who is trans, is campaigning to become a Labour election candidate, having launched her bid in October to become Sheffield Central’s MP.

While she has not publicly commented on Qatar, the World Cup or England star Beckham, Eddie has fiercely called for an end to transphobia in the UK.

Eddie is campaigning to be a Labour candidate and has hit out at ‘transphbic’ comments she has received (Picture: Shutterstock)

In October, she urged people to ‘join the 21st century’ after receiving ‘transphobic’ comments.

Will, meanwhile, wrote to David telling him: ‘What is undoubtedly clear however is a star like you @davidbeckham who I once sang for (not for any money I hasten to add) at your birthday has disappointed me more than I can say,

‘Our paths crossed a fair few times due to being with 19 Management and you were always friendly and generous.

‘People do things for money we all know that.

‘Here is what irks me the most – not a WHISPER from yourself David to show solidarity, not a WHISPER from yourself to show support for the practical massacre of migrant workers, not a WHISPER David to help LGBTQIA+ communities living under constant danger.’

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