Strictly Come Dancing 2016: Did Will Young quit because he is suffering with anxiety?
Strictly Come Dancing fans were left stunned last night when Will Young sensationally pulled out of the popular BBC One competition.
The star cited “personal reasons” for his decision to leave the show but did not clarify any further.
Now it has been claimed that the singer decided to pull out of the show because he is suffering with anxiety and struggling to cope with the pressure of being on TV every week.
Speaking to The Mirror, a source shared: “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.
“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.”
It is thought that Will opted to skip rehearsals on Monday before pulling out of the show entirely yesterday.
Will has opened up about his battle with mental health in the past, admitting that he has previously suffered with “overwhelming levels of anxiety”.
Will suffered a breakdown in 2012 and spent six months in a residential trauma centre after being diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, depersonalisation and derealisation (a loss of recognition and sense of context).
He explained earlier this year: “I was a love addict, I still am an addict, addicted to porn, certainly addicted to alcohol… Drugs I didn’t really get into. I toyed around with it, but it didn’t really stick with me so much.”
Despite his shock departure, Will insisted earlier this morning that he was doing fine, texting into Chris Evans’ Radio 2 Breakfast Show: “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 anyhow.”
Will’s fellow Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Melvin Odoom, exclusively told us last night that he and the rest of the Strictly celebs were inundating Will with support through this tough time.