X Factor hopeful Tom Bleasby has sensationally quit the talent show despite securing a spot in Nick Grimshaw's judge house. Taking to Twitter, the 19-year-old announced his decision to withdraw from the singing competition, citing "personal reasons".
In a series of tweets to his 43.4k followers he wrote: "Due to personal reasons I have decided to withdraw from The X Factor. Thank you to all the judges, especially Nick for his belief in me."
"I want to wish all the contestants the best of luck and thank you to the public for supporting me and my dream. #xfactor"
Fans were left stunned by the news considering just hours earlier he had received an impressive show of support during the Six Chair Challenge. The Leeds-based singer, who was in the Boys category, almost had his dream crushed after mentor Grimshaw initially denied him a coveted seat.
As the emotional scenes aired, Bleasby hinted to his fans that there was trouble in paradise. "You are literally watching on TV the worst experience of my life," he wrote. He later returned to Twitter to deliver the bad news.
A spokesperson for The X Factor added in a statement: "We can confirm that Tom Bleasby has chosen to withdraw from the competition due to personal reasons."
Although he did not reveal his reason for leaving, insiders claimed that the teenager was battling self-confidence issues, with a source telling the Daily Mirror: "He didn't think he could progress vocally and in terms of his confidence."
But despite his premature exit, he promised fans that they had not seen the last of him. He has vowed to pursue his dreams and insisted that "the X Factor is just one path...one that wasn't right for me. I will make music".