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Olly Alexander: My last relationship was an open relationship

Olly Alexander: My last relationship was an open relationship

Years and Years' Olly Alexander had an open relationship

Gay Years and Years star Olly Alexander has spoken up for open relationships.

The 26-year-old singer also talked about his frustration with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Alexander was speaking to top BBC gay journalist Evan Davis at National Student Pride today. GSN is the event’s media partner.

He told Davis that he spent ‘a lot of my early 20s in back-to-back relationships’. But he said he was enjoying being without a boyfriend.

And he said he hadn’t figured out what kinds of relationship suit him.

But he said: ‘My last relationship was an open relationship which was the first time. You have to be very honest with your partner.’

He added it was something both he and his then-boyfriend wanted.

Alexander added: ‘I don’t think we should be pitting [different relationships] against each other. It’s not like one is better than the other.

‘We don’t really allow ourselves those discussions. We are all taught one relationship model. It’s bonkers your partner has to be your best friend, your protector, your confidant, fulfill you sexually. There’s a lot for one person. It’s crazy how diverse we are but we have one relationship standard.’

Davis asked if this raised trust issues.

Alexander replied: ‘If someone is going to fall in love with someone else that’s going to happen whether you like it or not. It doesn’t matter if you are in an open relationship.’

Olly Alexander on being proud

The pair also discussed what it meant to be a proud LGBTI person.

Alexander said: ‘As queer people, we are forced into this narrative of being proud. Pride is so important and, of course, we want to be proud but we don’t lead a fairytale narrative where we can always stand on the top of the hill and wave the flag.

‘If you are someone who may want to bring up some negative part of the queer community or a place where there are problems, it can feel like you are a bad queer person.’

Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit

Alexander is a Labour supporter who voted to remain in the EU in last summer’s referendum.

Davis asked him about his view of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is behind in the polls and has just lost a crucial by-election.

Alexander said: ‘It’s frustrating isn’t it. I feel very disappointed in the whole Labour party. I’m a Labour supporter but I’ve felt very frustrated.

‘I feel like he hasn’t been able to be an effective opposition leader. His stance on Brexit is really confusing. What are we going to do? We need someone to beat the Tories.’