Why did Will Young quit Strictly Come Dancing? The full story

Why did Will Young leave Strictly?

Will Young and Karen Clifton

Will Young has left Strictly Come Dancing 2016 but why did he quit?

Ahead of tonight's latest live show, we look at Will's shock exit from the competition.

It was confirmed that Will had quit Strictly Come Dancing on Tuesday evening, citing personal reasons.

A spokesperson for the BBC announced: "Due to personal reasons, Will Young has decided to withdraw from Strictly Come Dancing. The show fully respects his decision and wishes him all the best for the future."

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Will Young left Strictly Come Dancing this week

Following the rather vague announcement there has been a LOT of speculation over just why Will left.

So why did Will quit Strictly Come Dancing?

The Daily Mirror newspaper suggested Will had "squabbled" with pro partner Karen in training, leaving him "exhausted".

But Karen seemed to rubbish the reports, writing on Twitter: "Shame certain press have to sour what was a great time for me and Will that sadly came to an end."

Much more reasonable claims are that Will decided to bow out of the competition as he battled with anxiety.

Will Young, Karen Clifton
Will Young, Karen Clifton

A source told the Mirror: "Will was suffering from anxiety all of last week and he told friends he wasn't feeling up to the show, he felt he was under intense scrutiny and wasn't taking it well."

They added: "Will is a deeply private person and has been out of the spotlight for a long time and he doesn't enjoy being the centre of attention. It all got too much."

Did Will leave just because 'he wouldn't win'?

But The Sun newspaper alleged that Will walked away simply 'because he couldn't win'.

A source claimed to the tabloid: "It became obvious that despite his huge dance background he was never going to be a contender because there are so many better celebs.

“The few previous contestants to go have quit because they’re injured or a family member has died – not because they feel they can’t win.”

One thing that insiders on the show have insisted is that it was NOTHING to do with Len Goodman.

The pair disagreed on last weekend's live show after Will and pro partner Karen Clifton danced a Bollywood themed Salsa for Movies night.

"Will leaving the show is nothing to do with the argument with Len," the source told the Mirror. "They actually had a laugh about the little on-screen altercation after the show.

Will Young quits Strictly: Read his full statement

Will said: "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 Strictly Come Dancing

He continued: "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."

Will speaks out

Will briefly spoke out on Wednesday following all the speculation over his departure.

He told BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show host Chris Evans: "Here's the thing. I'm absolutely dandy, thanks. It's all very undramatic, really.

"I've done my statement and others can say what they want to say. I never read what they say anyway."

Karen Clifton, Will Young
Karen Clifton, Will Young

Whatever the reasons for Will's sharp exit from the competition, it's set to cost him.

According to reports, Will will lose £20,000 off his fee after pulling out midway through the contest.

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 is back this Saturday and Sunday night on BBC One.

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