The 37-year-old singer announced his exit from the BBC1 show last night...
Will Young dropped a Strictly Come Dancing bombshell last night.
Via a statement on his website, the 37-year-old singer announced that he’s pulled out of the BBC1 show due to ‘personal reasons’.
He wrote: ‘To be a part of Strictly has been a long time ambition of mine. As a performer, a viewer, and a fan of the show, to dance as a contestant was an experience I always hoped for.
‘I have made some great friends, and am in awe of their performances week in, week out. I have found a creative partnership with Karen that has been the most wonderful thing to experience.
‘I will be eternally grateful to her for her direction, talent and guiding me through three wonderful dances that I will be able to show my grandkids in years to come.
‘Unfortunately, I am leaving the show for personal reasons. I leave with joy in my heart that I have been able to take part in one of the most loved shows on British television.
‘I am so grateful to everyone who works on Strictly from the lighting designer to catering to the production team.
‘Strictly truly is the most unique family and I thank them from the bottom of my heart. And finally thank you to the BBC for supporting me throughout my journey.
‘I wish my compatriots so much luck, and although I am back to being a viewer again, I’m certainly going to “keeeep dancing”!’
Understandably, fans were a little concerned. Replies included: ‘OMG I hope you’re ok 😟😘 xxx,’ and: ‘I’m so sad. So worried about Will 😢.’
Will’s partner Karen Clifton has also expressed her upset, writing on her page: ‘I’m so sad that Will has decided to quit the show and I know it wasn’t an easy decision for him.
‘It was great dancing with him, he was such fun to work with and I wish him all the very best for the future.’
While Will’s stated ‘personal reasons’ for his exit, some have pondered whether it could have had something to do with that bust-up with judge Len Goodman.
Len, 72, said Will’s Bollywood-inspired salsa ‘lacked traditional moves’ on Saturday night – which he disagreed with.
Len then told him to: ‘Show up, keep up and shut up.’ Eep.
Whatever the case, we’re sending him all our love. We’re going to miss you, Will!