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Will Young is leaving Strictly Come Dancing for "personal reasons"


Strictly Come Dancing has lived up to its reputation for causing controversy so far this year. We’ve seen the rumour mill go crazy questioning whether there is anything romantic going on between Laura Whitmore and her dance partner, Giovanni Pernice, Tameka Empson was voted out this weekend much to everyone’s surprise, and who could forget the Anastacia/Melvin drama?

Plus we’re sure there’s more to come – just take a look at some of the most scandalous Strictly Come Dancing moments ever.

But in a shocking turn of events, Will Young has decided to quit the show that has seen him Tango, Salsa and Jive with his dance partner, Karen Clifton.

The popstar, who rose to fame in 2002 while starring on Pop Idol, has decided to leave the dance competition due to “personal reasons”.

In a statement, Will, 37, said: “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.”

Will has sailed through the first few rounds of the show already, and fans are absolutely devastated by the news. However, some have taken to Twitter to rally support to bring Tameka back.

The British star continued: “To be a part of Strictly has been a long-time ambition of mine.

“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.”

We are absolutely gutted by this news, but we hope that Will is okay – and that he knows he will be sorely missed!

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