Strictly star Will Young told friends he was struggling from anxiety in the build up to Saturday’s show before he dramatically quit yesterday.
The 37-year-old singer , who has spoken about his mental health battle in the past, skipped rehearsals on Monday before pulling the plug on the contest.
One source told The Mirror: “Will was suffering from anxiety all of last week and he told friends he wasn’t feeling up to the show, he felt he was under intense scrutiny and wasn’t taking it well.”
They added: “Will is a deeply private person and has been out of the spotlight for a long time and he doesn’t enjoy being the centre of attention. It all got too much.”
Will has previously opened up about his battle with “overwhelming levels of anxiety”.
In 2012, he spent six months at a residential trauma centre in Oxfordshire after a breakdown and was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, depersonalisation and derealisation (a loss of recognition and sense of context).
Earlier this year, he revealed: “I was a love addict, I still am an addict, addicted to porn, certainly addicted to alcohol…Drugs I didn’t really get into. I toyed around with it, but it didn’t really stick with me so much.”