Will Young has finally revealed the truth behind his shock Strictly Come Dancing exit in 2016.
The singer sensationally quit the BBC ballroom competition last October, citing “personal reasons” in an official statement at the time.
Speculation soon began to circulate that Will had decided to depart from the show due to his altercation with head judge Len Goodman, who criticised the star’s routine for a lack of traditional Salsa dance moves.
Len, 73, fiercely told the 38-year-old to “keep up, put up and shut up,” as viewers cringed their way through the critique before immediately hitting rewind and replay, over and over.
Now opening up about his decision, Will has claimed that his departure from the dancefloor had absolutely nothing to do with the veteran judge’s negative comments.
He told The Times: “It was important for me to leave Strictly for my own wellbeing.
“It was a number of things. It was nothing to do with the people on the show. It certainly wasn’t because Len Goodman dissed my salsa – I mean, come on!”
He continued: “I love dance, and because of the stuff that was going on personally, I just wasn’t enjoying the dancing.”
At the time, the BBC announced: “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.”
Last year, Will refused to reveal the real reason behind his departure from the show, though some reports suggested he was suffering with anxiety and struggling to cope with the pressure of being on TV every week.
Will has opened up about his battle with mental health in the past, admitting that he has previously suffered with “overwhelming levels of anxiety.”
However, he is set to make his return to the spotlight this summer, with a string of summer festival dates, and a judging role on BBC show Pitch Battle. We can’t wait!
Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One later this year.