Contestant was coached by Paloma Faith
The Voice UK contestant Beth Morris quit the show in order to seek help with drug addiction.
The first live show in the BBC series took place last night (March 26) with Morris’ departure announced prior to the broadcast. “Personal reasons” were cited for her exit, however the former contestant has since admitted that she has a problem with drugs and has entered a facility in order to get clean.
“I am sorry. I am an addict,” Morris, who was coached by Paloma Faith (above), told the Mirror. “I have let everybody down on the show. Two years ago I realised I had a problem with drugs. I was using them to cope with various issues in my life.”
The official statement from the BBC read: ‘Due to personal reasons which have only just come to light, The Voice producers, the BBC and Beth agreed that she should withdraw from The Voice.’
A lengthier statement from Morris reads: “Two years ago I realised 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.
“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.”
Chloe Castro also left the competition before yesterday’s quarter-final for reasons unrelated to Morris’ exit. The Voice continues on BBC1 next week.