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Will Young Considered Breaking His Own Leg During Time On ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ As ‘Horrific’ PTSD Took Hold

'I was really ill. I just couldn’t do it any more.'

30/05/2017 11:44

Will Young has elaborated on his reason for quitting ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ last year, revealing that he was suffering from “horrific” post traumatic stress disorder.

The 38-year-old cited “personal reasons” for abruptly leaving the BBC dance show in October last year.

At the time, it was rumoured he had left following an on-air spat with head judge Len Goodman.

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But in an interview with Bryony Gordon’s Mad World podcast, the ‘Pop Idol’ star said his PTSD had got so bad that he considered breaking his own leg in a bid to leave ‘Strictly’.

He said: “I was really ill. I was dragging myself to rehearsals. I just couldn’t do it any more. It was so bad I thought - I’m not joking - I thought about breaking my leg.

“I decided to take on Strictly because I bloody love dancing. And I bloody hated it, because I was so ill.”

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The ‘Leave Right Now’ singer revealed he has spent £500,000 on treatment over the course of his adult life, including seeing a shaman and doing ‘shaking therapy’.

He explained: “Animals, if they get attacked and survive, will shake and shake off the trauma. So in my therapy I’ve done a lot of shaking.

“I’ve probably spent at least half a million quid on my therapy. I’ve spent at least £200,000 on treatment alone. I could afford it - most people can’t. It makes me desperately sad.”

In a separate interview with the Times at the weekend, Will insisted he didn’t leave because of any differences with Len Goodman.

He said: “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, and it certainly wasn’t because Len Goodman dissed my salsa – I mean, come on!”

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