Casey Johnson QUITS Union J After One Year AND Splits With X Factor Girlfriend

It’s been a rough old week for X Factor and E4 Stage School alumnus Casey Johnson, who’s not only quit Union J in the past seven days but has also broken up with his long-term girlfriend, Betsy-Blue English.

Casey’s axing from the band came as a shock to fans – but Union J’s new management felt that Casey, who only joined the group a year ago to replace George Shelley, didn’t fully fit into the ‘image’ that they were trying to create.

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The news was confirmed on the band’s Facebook page last night, where the boys urged fans to support Casey in his new ventures and praised him as a ‘great friend to the band’ and that Josh, Jaymi and JJ would be continuing as a three-peice:

‘We are sad to announce that Casey is leaving Union J, in order to pursue other opportunities. It’s been a great year, having him onboard, but being in a band is like any other relationship and sometimes it just doesn’t work out.

‘Casey is an incredibly lovely, talented guy and a great friend to the band, so please go support him as well in his next venture and we wish him all the very best for the future.

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‘It feels now that the best way forward is to carry on as we originally started out…….as a three piece (Josh, Jaymi and JJ)

‘As always, we’re grateful that we have such amazing fans.’
Casey thanked fans on Twitter, posting: “Thanks to all the fans for all your brilliant support & hope you continue to follow me into a new chapter in my life, love you all.”

It was the first of two blows for the singer as he also split with his girlfriend this week, fellow singer Betsy-Blue English.

After meeting on series 11 of the X Factor, the pair called time on their relationship this week after long distances and time apart proved too much for them both.

Speaking to The Sun, a source close to the couple said:  “Casey and Betsy have decided to go separate ways.

“They knew in January their relationship wasn’t working but hoped they would be able to salvage what they had.

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“Betsy missed Casey when he was on the road with Union J so it just didn’t work out. She didn’t always like female fans talking to him.

“Casey is keen to pursue more television work while Betsy has been spending a lot of time in the recording studio in LA.

“She’s been getting a lot of attention from American fans but has chosen to stay single in order to focus on her music career.”

Now that he’s a single pringle, Casey is expected to further his television career with a stint on ITVBe’s Love Island later this year.

Let’s hope he’s a bit luckier on the island of love than he’s been this week, eh?

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