The singer says he is ‘just dandy’ following his shock departure.

Will Young has discussed his shock Strictly Come Dancing exit for the first time.

Will Young

The singer announced his decision to leave the show yesterday – citing “personal reasons” for his departure.

Sine leaving the show, however, some tabloids have focused on the star’s previous struggles with anxiety and depression – as well as his addiction to alcohol and pornography.

“Here’s the thing. I’m absolutely dandy, thanks. It’s all very undramatic, really,” he told Radio 2.

“I’ve done my statement and others can say what they want to say. I never read what they say anyway.”

Young became only the fifth contestant to quit in the show’s thirteen year history.

“To be a part of Strictly has been a long time ambition of mine,” he said in yesterday’s statement.

“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,” he added.

“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.

“And finally thank you to the BBC for supporting me throughout my journey. I wish my compatriots so much luck, and although I am back to being a viewer again, I’m certainly going to ‘keeeep dancing’!”