The X Factor star Anthony Russell 'drops out' of show for 'personal reasons'

The X Factor: Anthony Russell on the show

The X Factor: Anthony Russell on the show [ITV]

According to reports, The X Factor star, Anthony Russell – who was called ‘Skippy’ by judge Sharon Osbourne – has left the hit ITV singing show just days before boot camp kicks off. 

The singing hopeful first auditioned in 2007, before coming back to the judging panel made up of Sharon, Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Nicole Scherzinger

An X Factor source told The Sun: “Anthony has been going through some personal issues for some time – as he sang about at his audition.

“Those issues were still affecting him. So everyone has urged him to concentrate on getting himself better right now.

The X Factor: Anthony Russell has reportedly 'dropped' out

The X Factor: Anthony Russell has reportedly ‘dropped’ out [ITV]

The X Factor: Anthony Russell left the judges touched with his audition

The X Factor: Anthony Russell left the judges touched with his audition [ITV]

“Production are all very fond of him and think he has really potential so have told him, if he straightens himself out, they would love him to have another shot at X Factor next year.

“That is the perfect incentive for him to get his life back on track.

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“Everyone hopes he will come back next year healthier.”

While a show spokeswoman told the publication: “Earlier this month, due to personal reasons, Anthony withdrew from the show.

The X Factor: Sharon Osbourne loved Anthony Russell's audition

The X Factor: Sharon Osbourne loved Anthony Russell’s audition [ITV]

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The X Factor has said that they wish Anthony Russell all the best for the future[ITV]

“We are sad to see him go and wish him all the best for the future.”

The 27-year-old singer from Liverpool, who had a black eye at the time, left the judges touched with his emotional debut. 

Anthony sung Issues during his audition and opened up to the judging panel about his difficult background, to which Sharon said: “I really love you, even with the black eye.”

OK! Online has contacted ITV for comment. 

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