Singer Beth Morris, one of the top favourites in The Voice UK and a quarter-finalist there, has left the show over drug use accusations. The singer has revealed that she was struggling with drug addiction for two years. BBC says the singer has left due to personal reasons.
“Two years ago, I realised that I had a problem with drugs. I was using them to cope with various issues I was going through at the time as I thought they would help me. But they were making the situation worse,” Beth Morris said, according to The Sun.
“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 … ” she added.
“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,” Morris said.
The Telegraph stated that BBC has decided not to report her to the police. “We have followed strict procedures whilst ensuring the utmost duty of care to Beth. Following legal advice, neither the BBC nor the production company has reported this incident to the police,” a BBC spokesperson said.
BBC also notes that another contestant, Chloe Castro, has also left the show citing health reasons. “Two contestants have left The Voice and will not appear on tonight’s edition or the remaining live shows. These departures are unrelated. Due to health reasons, Chloe has withdrawn from the competition. We wish her all the best.”
“I have decided to leave The Voice UK for health reasons. I have had a fantastic time and wish all the other contestants all the best in the competition,” Chloe Castro said.
Regarding Morris, BBC revealed that “Producers were not made aware of Beth’s issues when she joined The Voice. When they came to light this week we agreed with her that the best course of action would be to withdraw from the competition. We are offering her all the support she needs and wish her well with her recovery and her future career.”
A source told The Mirror that her coach, Paloma Faith, was “devastated.” Faith took to Twitter to bless Morris all the best for her future. “Very sad that @lunalepage Beth won’t be performing on @BBCTheVoiceUK from now on. What a talent I love you Beth!missing you already xxx,” read her tweet.