The Cure’s Robert Smith Inspired YUNGBLUD to Don Eyeliner E! News UK

YUNGBLUD has The Cure’s Robert Smith to thank for wearing eyeliner.

The ‘I Don’t Feel Like Feeling Sad Today’ rocker came full circle as Robert, 63, endorsed a snippet of the band’s 1985 hit ‘Close to Me’ on YUNGBLUD’s new track ‘Tissues’ from his forthcoming self-titled album.

And the 25-year-old star – whose real name is Dom Harrison – shared how The Cure, particularly the eyeliner-wearing frontman Robert, inspired him to ‘express himself’ without a ‘filter’.

Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1, he said: “I put on eyeliner because of Robert Smith. They represented and personified both my joy and my sadness. As a child 15 years in the north of England in the rain made me feel like I could express myself without a filter, without conforming. They taught me that conforming was death. When I would put The Cure, I would celebrate the idea that no one wanted to talk to me.

The pair met at the NME Awards in 2019 after YUNGBLUD’s mother started chatting with the goth icon.

He recalled: “About two hours into the awards show, I had lost my mum and I turn around and she’s talking to Robert Smith and I’m like, ‘NOOOOO!’

So I walked over and was like, ‘Okay mom, hello Robert, honored to meet you,’ and he was like, ‘I love what you’re doing…'”

YUNGBLUD ended up exchanging emails with the “Lovecats” hitmaker, and he was more than happy to let him use the song.

He added: “And then I got his email through a connection and then I emailed and I was like, ‘Hello Robert Smith from The Cure… ‘Close To Me’ – probably the most iconic British rhythm of all time. Can I use it in the song?’ And I was like I didn’t know what I would do if he said no. But he came back in a few days. He’s typing in all caps, Robert. He was like, ‘HELLO DOM, YOU CAN USE ANYTHING GOOD HERE, LOVE ROBERT.’ I called my boys and said, ‘I sampled ‘Close To Me’, they let me use it.’ It was like a mosh pit – my boys up North were like, ‘YOOOOOO!'”

Listen to YUNGBLUD on Zane Lowe Apple Music 1 here: apple.co/_Zane.

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