Singer songwriter Yungblud has revealed how a Big Issue seller helped him turn his life around and led to him becoming the magazine’s youngest ever guest editor.
The 24-year-old musician, real name Dominic Harrison, said he met a vendor named Michael in London’s West End after injuring himself in a theatre show when he thought his career was in ruins.
“I remember a Big Issue sales man called Michael was like, ‘Are you alright, mate?’ It was so mental to me because I was like crying my eyes out for probably about eight minutes. I’ll never forget it,” he said.
The pair got a hot drink and listened to music “for half an hour”, Yungblud continued. “And we spoke about life and it was a real, true human interaction, that you rarely get. It made me pick myself up.”
Yungblud, currently on a tour of more than 30 dates across the US, wrote articles and interviewed stars for the latest edition of The Big Issue magazine.
He said: “It’s been a real honour to guest edit such an important publication that’s role is essential in tackling the Big Issues facing us today. The Big Issue means so much to me because it radiates what the foundation of Yungblud is about: equality, acceptance and, most importantly, opportunity for all. Given the opportunity to guest edit this edition, I’ve picked some voices that I admire and respect who I think can use these pages to share wisdom, have a bit of a laugh and tell their story.”