George Shelley hurt by untrue 'diva' claims after leaving Union J

Published Friday, Mar 4 2016, 12:36 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
George Shelley has hit back at claims he wasn't committed to Union J and acted like a 'diva' following his exit from the band.

Earlier today, it was announced George had left Union J, but fans were left confused over his exit due to conflicting statements surrounding the news. Reports revealed George had been given an 'ultimatum' by his bandmates Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett and Jaymi Hensely, but his rep insisted his decision to leave was mutually agreed.

Now, George has had his say and revealed the 'reality' of the situation.

George Shelley outside ITV Studios
15 Dec 2015
Inset: Union J

© WENN / Rocky

Taking to Twitter, George shared a screenshot of a lengthy message about him deciding to leave Union J.

In it, he tells fans he was "shocked" and "bemused" to hear reports claiming he was 'kicked out' of the group. George revealed: "The decision for Union J to continue on without me was entirely mutual between me and the boys and an official press release detailing the facts was due to be released this morning!"

He then explained: "The reality is that I have decided to focus on my broadcasting and acting career and am excited for what the future holds..."

George added that he was "grateful for the experience" being in the band had given him, but he did hit back at claims suggesting he hadn't been committed to the four-piece.

The Sun has quoted Josh saying that he and the boys gave George an 'ultimatum' about his future with Union J. Josh claimed: "It said, 'You're either in the band or you're not.' George was in a position where he did the jungle, he came off it and his headspace was different to ours. To use a sporting analogy, he wanted to turn up to the big matches but not turn up to training."

However, George has now said: "To imply my 'diva behaviour' and 'lack of commitment' led to the end of my journey with Union J is both hurtful and untrue."

He added: "Despite the boys decision to announce the future of the band in this way, I still wish them the very best."

George Shelley's tweet on Union J exit
4 March

© Twitter / @higeorgeshelley

George's tweet comes after his rep addressed reports he had been axed from the group and claimed the other boys to be "jealous" of George's recent success following his stint on I'm A Celebrity.

George's rep had said: "The fact of the matter is that the other members of Union J are simply jealous George has achieved the start of an exciting new career and they have not. George had agreed to be totally magnanimous towards them, but unfortunately this has not been reciprocated."

However, earlier this morning, Jaymi insisted there had been no "bad blood" or "jealousy" surrounding George's exit and he revealed he was "utterly heartbroken" to see his former bandmate leave.

Union J perform at Fusion Festival
30 August

© WENN / Tim McLees

Union J also shared an official statement to their website, denying reports that George was kicked out of the band.

It read: "So, as we prepare to go back into the studio to work on new material, George will not be continuing on this journey with us. George will now be following his own path and career no longer as part of Union J. This is a mutual decision between the four of us, and we will always remain close."

Union J were formed in 2011, with George being added as a fourth member the following year. They finished fourth in the ninth series of X Factor and have released two albums: Union J and You Got It All – The Album.

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