George Shelley breaks silence after leaving Union J, as JJ Hamblett confirms it was 'entirely mutual'

And George totally denies all the diva behaviour rumours

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George Shelley breaks his silence after his 'entirely mutual' departure from Union J
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After yesterday's bombshell that George Shelley had been 'kicked out' of Union J due to a lack of commitment, we've spent the past 24 hours lying horizontally with a cold flannel on our heads and emergency snacks close by at all times to ease the pain a bit.

But after loads of speculation of his 'diva behaviour' and all sorts of other stuff that just didn't sound like George, he's now broken his silence to release his own statement and attempt to clear up the drama once and for all.

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Writing to his Twitter followers after news broke, George admitted that he'd been 'shocked and bemused' to hear the rumoured reasons for his departure from Union J, and insisted that his leaving had been an 'entirely mutual' thing between all of the boys.

Explaining his decision, George said: "The reality is that I have decided to focus on broadcasting and acting career and am excited for what the future holds. I will also still be writing and performing music."

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He added that he'd been left feeling hurt by all the comments suggesting his 'diva behaviour' and 'lack of commitment' were to blame, and it sounds like there might be a few hard feelings between Union J now, which is a bit sad.

"Despite the boys decision to announce the future of the band in this way, I still wish them the very best," George said. Check out his statement in its entirety right here:

MEANWHILE, George's ex-bandmate JJ Hamblett has been chatting to the Daily Star about the big news too, and he's also confirmed that losing a quarter of the band was a mutual decision on both sides.

"It was a surprise for all of us but once he came out of the jungle he had other opportunities," JJ said.

"He was very very busy – to be honest we didn't expect it to be so full on. Yes, he has done well for himself but he has also raised the profile of the band too. He was offered so many opportunities he just didn't have access to before and just couldn't do everything at once.

"With Union J he couldn't give the time we needed from him – we needed 110% and he couldn't do that."

"We flat out asked him, 'do you want to put everything into this band or not?' We didn't try and make him stay, we were just upfront and asked him."

JJ added: "At the end of the day we wanted him to be honest and he was. We are going abroad this year on tour and he looked in his diary and just couldn't do it – he couldn't commit all the time we needed him to.

"Yes, it was a lack of commitment but it was a mutual agreement."

WE'RE SAD. What do you reckon to all of this? Let us know with a tweet to @Sugarscape.

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