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Union J issue joint statement about George Shelley's departure

Last night, news broke that singer George Shelley had been axed from the line-up of Union J, but the band has now issued a joint statement to clear up rumours that are circulating. 

It was initially reported that Shelley was struggling to make band commitments since returning from the 'I'm A Celebrity' jungle, but all four members - including Shelley - have now spoken out about the news. They said:

"In 2012 we started something that has been the centre of our lives ever since, a band and project that is now family to us - Union J. Through two incredible albums, successful tours and a lot of fun along the way, the four of us have all enjoyed this incredible journey."

"But with time, comes change and a difference in aspirations. So, as we prepare to go back into the studio to work on new material, George will not be continuing on this journey with us. George will now be following his own path and career no longer as part of Union J. This is a mutual decision between the four of us, and we will always remain close. In time we will announce our new plans for 2016 and likewise we will be following George's career and wish him all the best in his endeavours. Jaymi, JJ, Josh & George."

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