'The Voice UK' Contestant Beth Morris Quits Show Over Drug Addiction

By McCarton Ackerman 03/29/16

Her shocking departure came after a pair of British tabloids alleged that she had a drug problem.

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'The Voice UK' Contestant Beth Morris Quits Show Over Drug Addiction
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Beth Morris, a contestant on this season of The Voice UK, has dropped out of the show after admitting that she’s been struggling with drug addiction for the past two years.

The Daily Mail reports that Morris was scheduled to appear last Saturday for the live quarterfinals, but wasn’t seen on the episode. The BBC released a statement on its website that the singer was a no-show due to “personal reasons which have only just come to light,” adding that “The Voice producers, the BBC and Beth have agreed that she should withdraw from The Voice.” The network also confirmed that it would not report her to police.

Her shocking departure came after a pair of British tabloids alleged that she had a drug problem. The Mirror claimed that Morris left the BBC premises and “used cocaine during rehearsals.” Meanwhile, the Sun quoted an anonymous source who said her drug problem was “serious.” The insider reported that “the last [time she relapsed] was around the time that her audition aired on TV…She did fight hard to not give in but in the end she just cracked.”

The 26-year-old singer released a statement explaining that she first sought help for her addiction two years ago by checking into the Priory Clinic. However, she admitted that “addiction is tough and I am sorry to say that I have relapsed on a few occasions since I left. When this has happened I have immediately sought help and I regularly attend NA meetings to help me get back on track.” Morris said being on the show has been the best experience of her life and told her fans she is “truly sorry I’ve let everyone down but I’m determined to put this behind me, continue with my recovery and channel all my energies into my singing.”

But the singer can take comfort in the fact that other contestants on The Voice are winning their battles with addiction. Jamar Rogers, who competed on Season 2 of the U.S. version of the show, opened up to EBONY.com in February 2013 about his five-year addiction to crystal meth. He blamed his intravenous drug use for his HIV-positive status, which he learned about three months after getting clean.

“I would snort it, smoke it, shoot it intravenously, I shared needles. I was hardcore,” admitted Rogers. “I had sex for money and for drugs. I slept with men and women. I was just trying to get as high as possible as often as possible. That’s what happened.” Since his time on the show, Rogers has continued to record music and speak at colleges across the country about both HIV prevention and drug abuse.

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