Casey Johnson to leave Union J after just a year in the group?

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Union J could have another line up change with Casey Johnson reportedly leaving the group.

His supposed exit comes just a year after joining the former 2012 X Factor finalists, replacing George Shelley who left the group.


Casey had been a member of Stereo Kicks who themselves made The X Factor live shows back in 2014.

Speaking last May when he first joined the group, Casey said: "I have always wanted to be in a band, not a choir. What I was in before wasn't like a boyband. Stereo Kicks was more of a choir."

He added: "Union J were always a much bigger band than Stereo Kicks. These guys are more mature and I feel already that this is the type of music I want to do."

However almost twelve months, according to The Sun newspaper, Casey has been 'sacked' from his role in Union J after the group's new management felt he didn't fit their image.

It means that the remaining three - Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett and Jaymi Hemsley - will continue on as a trio, as they were when originally auditioning for The X Factor in 2012 under the name Triple J.

A source told the newspaper: "Management just didn’t think Casey was right for the band. The ­realised this over the past few months.


"It was felt he could never really replace George and the band would be better off as a trio.”

Union J have so far released two albums with the latest - You Got It All - charting at Number 28 back in 2014.

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