Karen Clifton Speaks Out About Will Young Quitting Strictly Come Dancing

Will's dance partner has made a statement on her Twitter page, and she sounds *pretty* upset...

We’re still reeling over Will Young’s shock exit from Strictly Come Dancing.

The 37-year-old singer announced last night that he’d pulled out of the BBC1 show due to ‘personal reasons’, sharing an emotional statement on his website.

See: Will Young Breaks His Silence As He Explains His Shock Strictly Come Dancing Exit

WIll Young Strictly Come Dancing statement

Will Young released this statement on his website

This read: ‘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.

Will Young

‘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.

Karen Clifton and Will Young

Will Young had been dancing with professional Karen Clifton

‘I wish my compatriots so much luck, and although I am back to being a viewer again, I’m certainly going to “keeeep dancing”!’

See: Is This The *Real* Reason Will Young Quit Strictly Come Dancing?

Now Will’s dance partner Karen Clifton has spoken out, Tweeting: ‘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.’

The news must have come as a shock to Karen – just a day earlier, she’d been chatting to fans about the routine she and Will were working on for this weekend’s show.

We hope Will’s doing okay right now, and we’re going to miss you both.