Fresh from causing mayhem on the stages of Reading & Leeds Festivals, and the release of powerful new single ‘Hope For The Underrated Youth’, Yorkshire-born music artist YUNGBLUD gets candid with GQ Hype.
On ridding of labels and being yourself: “Boxes are for cereal.” “I think it’s an amazing thing for us to go, ‘Well, I don’t want to label myself as anything right now’, I just want to be who I want to be and do what I want to do.” “[People] say, ‘Dom, why do you wear make-up?’ Because I want to. Not for any other reason, not to appeal to any other market, [but] because it’s fine to do what you want.” “I think division is becoming less and less popular and exciting and cool”. “The Kardashian age is over: it’s cooler now to be yourself, [to] be your bald, skinhead, no-make-up, spotty sinner self than looking like Barbie.”
On home versus Hollywood: “People ask if I love America and, yes, I love America, but I miss home so much.” “I’ve been having a hard time being thrown into the world of pop culture and Hollywood. That’s not me. I like it, but I just am not doing it to get papped 15 times outside of a restaurant.”
On always being there for his fans, and them being there for him: “Everyone’s like, ‘Is it really hard having this responsibility?’ And… no, because I’m just being me.” “If I was just putting a face on, it would be exhausting to maintain it, but it’s just me.” “I get anxious and I get depressed because that’s the way I’m wired. But I meet someone in my fanbase and they tell me a story and they inspire me and they turn me round.” “If you see someone walking round in pink socks at two in the morning… have a chat, don’t be afraid.”