Updated: EastEnders deny reports 'Shona McGarty plans to release music and leave Albert Square'

Published Thursday, Mar 31 2016, 11:18 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Reports EastEnders star Shona McGarty has big plans to make her mark on the music charts have been dismissed by BBC.

Shona, who plays Whitney Dean on EastEnders, made headlines after rumours surfaced suggesting she could be leaving Albert Square behind and releasing her own music instead.

However, a representative for BBC has assured Reveal this is not the case and Shona is "very much focused on her future at EastEnders."

Shona McGarty, The British Soap Awards 2015 held at the Palace Hotel
May 2015

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Fans began to speculate about Shona's future on the soap, after reports revealed she wanted to become known for her singing.

According to The Sun, a source told the paper Shona was due to release her debut single later this year and could leave EastEnders because of it.

They said: "This is a big deal for Shona. Despite becoming one of the most popular stars in EastEnders, she has always longed to be known for her music too. It's scary showing the public another side of her, and she knows there'll be a lot of pressure."

They added that focusing on her music and keeping her character on EastEnders could prove difficult for Shona: "It's unclear whether this means she'll be leaving Whitney behind to pursue singing full-time but it would definitely be tricky trying to juggle both."

There's no denying Shona can definitely sing and she has already showcased her vocal talents for us all. Shona performed her rendition of 'A Change Is Gonna Come' on Children In Need back in 2012 and she even performed on stage at the Henley Festival last year.

However, she won't be bidding Walford goodbye just yet. A rep for BBC told us: "Shona has made no secret of her passion for music but EastEnders is her absolute priority... she hasn't recorded a single, and this not going to affect her job in any way. She is very much focused on her future at EastEnders."

Shona has been starring on EastEnders since first joining the cast eight years ago, back in 2008.

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