BETH Morris, one of two contestants who departed suddenly from TV talent show The Voice, pulled out hours before a broadcast after disclosing an addiction to cocaine to show bosses.
The BBC released a statement saying that two contestants would be leaving before the live show on Saturday night – the other being Chloe Castro, who left due to health reasons.
Only two contestants exited the live show over the weekend instead of the expected four.
In a statement, The Voice said: “Two contestants have left The Voice and will not appear on tonight’s edition or the remaining live shows. These departures are unrelated. Due to health reasons Chloe has withdrawn from the competition. We wish her all the best.”
READ MORE: Gig review: Adele, SSE Hydro
Castro added: “I have decided to leave The Voice for health reasons. I have had a fantastic time and wish all the other contestants all the best in the competition.”
Due to “personal reasons” which have now come to light, The Voice producers, the BBC and Morris agreed that she should withdraw from the show.
Morris said: “Being on The Voice has been the best experience of my life, the production team and contestants have all been incredible and I have loved performing on the show. Paloma has also been a great support.”
According to the Sun on Sunday, Morris was asked to leave the show after it was discovered she had a drug problem.
The singer, who was favourite to win the contest, said: “Two years ago I realised that I had a problem with drugs. I was using them to cope with various issues I was going through at the time.
“I thought they would help me, but they were making the situation worse. I made the decision myself to seek treatment and checked into the Priory Clinic. It gave me strength and helped me face the world. It changed me for the better.
“But addiction is tough, and I am sorry to say that I have relapsed on a few occasions since I left.
“When this has happened I have immediately sought help and I regularly attend Narcotics Anonymous meetings to help me get back on track. Being in the Priory gave me the tools to face up to my illness and it definitely helped me on the road to recovery.
“Being on The Voice has been the best experience of my life. The production team and contestants have all been incredible and I have loved performing on the show. Paloma has also been a great support.
“I’m truly sorry I’ve let everyone down but I’m determined to put this behind me, continue with my recovery and channel all my energies into my singing.”