Karen Clifton hasn't spoken to Will Young since his Strictly Come Dancing exit

Will Young and Karen Clifton

Karen Clifton has revealed she's not spoken to Will Young since his Strictly Come Dancing exit.

It was confirmed that Will had quit Strictly Come Dancing back in October last year, pulling out after four weeks into the live shows.

A spokesperson for the BBC announced at the time: "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."

Will said in his own statement: "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.

Will Young Strictly Come Dancing
Will Young Strictly Come Dancing

"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."

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."

Now a month after the series has wrapped up filming, Karen has admitted she's not "really been in touch" with Will since he walked off the show.

"I think everybody understands his reasons and we all understand, but it's hard when there's the other half," she told the Radio Times magazine.

Karen continued: "It's my job and I love my job and it was really hard for me to stay behind and see everybody have an amazing series and not to be a part of it."

And she explained: "Obviously I completely support his decision, but it was really hard to see and to be a part of the show after he left at a very early stage.

"I've had some great partners in the past and I'm still friends with all of them, but this time I had one that really had something that could really do everything that I wanted him to do. He had that thing that you wait for every year."

Strictly Come Dancing will return to BBC One later this year.