Bit harsh?

Ever since Will Young left Strictly Come Dancing just over a week ago, speculation has been rife as to why he made the decision. More recently, people have been wondering whether his behaviour is at all professional.

But now the singer has been accused of forcing his professional partner Karen Clifton to travel six hours from London to his Cornwall house – before failing to meet up when she arrived, with no explanation.

A source told The Daily Mirror: ‘Will wanted to rehearse closer to home, which was impractical for Karen but she was happy to accommodate.

‘He described London as having a “negative energy”, and he had some – household things he needed to be nearby for, so it made sense at the time for them to relocate.’

Yet once she made the incredibly long journey, Will didn’t turn up – meaning it was a wasted, 12 hour journey all round, according to the source.

Will with Karen [BBC]

Will with Karen [BBC]


They continued: ‘Understandably, Karen was furious. And to make matters worse, she had to spend another six hours travelling back up to London, making it a pointless 12-hour trip.’

The next day Will announced that he would be leaving the reality show, but gave no other details than ‘personal reasons’.

In a statement he released, the star said: ‘To be a part of Strictly has been a long time ambition of mine. As a performer, a viewer, and a fan of the show, to dance as a contestant was an experience I always hoped for.

‘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.

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I will be eternally grateful to her for her direction, talent and guiding me through three wonderful dances that I will be able to show my grandkids in years to come.

‘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.’

While nothing else has been said officially, speculation has suggested a rift with Karen, suffering from anxiety and/or his anger at Len Goodman’s criticism of his dancing.