George Shelley quits Union J

George Shelley has sensationally quit Union J accusing his former bandmates of jealousy.

In a statement to DYRT, a spokesperson for Shelley suggested the ‘I’m A Celebrity’ runner up, quit the band to focus on other projects.

“​It was a mutual decision for George to leave Union J so he could focus on his broadcasting and acting career​,” ​Shelley​’s representative told us.

“​He is now a regular part of the Capital FM Breakfast Show, hosted the Brits Red Carpet Live and recently completed shooting on BBC3’s Murder in Successville.

“He is an utterly charming and hardworking individual – not a diva in the slightest.

“The fact of the matter is that the other members of Union J are simply jealous he has achieved the start of an exciting new career and they have not.

“George had agreed to be totally magnanimous towards them, but unfortunately this has not been reciprocated.”

In Union J’s own statement, member Jaymi Hensley​ told The Sun that he feels “bitter” about the divide:

“It’s heart-breaking. I spoke to him the other day and I said I’m heartbroken over this. I am absolutely devastated. This is taking up all my time and affecting my home life.

“It brings us down. When you turn up to something and the other person can’t be there, or they are turning up late. That makes you not love the project. One negative view can ruin it for everyone.”


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Josh Cuthbert also complained that George’s “head space was different” ever since he became a breakout star on I’m a Celebrity last autumn.