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Olly Alexander frustrated by ‘backlash’ after walkouts at his show but loves being an ‘in your face kind of gay’

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Olly Alexander finds it frustrating that his joyous celebration of queerness so often sparks a ‘backlash’.In an exclusive interview with Metro’s Guilty Pleasures, the Years & Years singer spilled he has walkouts on his Night Call tour.‘I am an “in your face” kind of gay because I want to be,’ said Olly, 31. ‘That’s always met with a little bit of pearl-clutching, which I love.’Talking about the annoying ‘backlash’ he explained: ‘I just did a show in Nottingham and it was amazing — the audience was out of this world. ‘But it was the only show so far where we had people complain. ‘I know a few of them said it wasn’t “family-friendly enough”.

There’s never been anything explicit or gratuitous about a Years & Years show, so yeah, I find the reaction to be quite interesting.’Earlier this year, the Bafta-nominated It’s A Sin star laughed off complaints that his BBC New Year’s Eve concert was too sexy.He added: ‘It’s because I’m gay, but it’s a bit obtuse to put it all down to that, because it’s about more than sexuality, it’s about how we relate to each other.’He admitted he had been nervous before the tour began. ‘Going into it, I had so much excitement and anticipation, but nerves too, because this is the first tour really since 2019,’ he said.‘So much has changed in the world, so much has changed personally for me and for Years & Years, I announced a solo project, I’m touring all this new material.’Talking about his vision for the show, he explained: ‘I want to wow people, and I want people to remember it – have the night of their lives.

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