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Anthony Russell 'Tighto' pulls out of X Factor tour including Liverpool show at last minute

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 27/02/2019 17:04:52 Sophie McCoid
a man sitting on a stage: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND -  NOVEMBER 29  X Factor finalist Anthony Russell sings on stage during the launch of Blue Crimbo at the Liver Building on November 29, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Everton FC via Getty Images) © Everton FC via Getty ImagesLIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29 X Factor finalist Anthony Russell sings on stage during the launch of Blue Crimbo at the Liver Building on November 29, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Everton FC via Getty Images)

Anthony Russell has pulled out of the X Factor tour for "personal reasons" - just 48 hours before returning to Liverpool.

The Scouse star, known as 'Tighto', posted a heartfelt statement to his Instagram, explaining his decision.

The X Factor tour is set to head to Liverpool on Friday night, meaning Tighto will miss his homecoming show.

The 28-year-old said: "Hello everyone, I just want to address this personally with you all, so the people who have supported and loved me on my journey know where I am.

"Due to personal circumstances I've had to withdraw from the tour.

"I'm heartbroken to miss the final shows, it has been an honour to sing to you all and a dream come true.

"It was not a decision made lightly, but unfortunately private circumstances out of my control have meant  it's not currently possible for me to continue forward with further dates.

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"I'm so sorry to anyone who was looking forward to seeing me, I love and appreciate you all so much and it's killing me to think anyone is going to be let down.

a group of people sitting in a chair talking on the phone: Liverpool's own Anthony Russell comes third on X Factor 2018. © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services LimitedLiverpool's own Anthony Russell comes third on X Factor 2018.

"Thank you again and always for all of the love and support you have give me, you have all changed my life and given me strength I've nevr had before.

"I promise that once my personal situation is in order I will work hard, continue to write music and make it up to you all in anyway I can.

"I hope you all have the best time at the rest of the shows and I'm so sorry again I can't be there!

a person posing for the camera: Anthony Russell. © Credits: Thames/SycoAnthony Russell.

"Thanks so much to all of the X Factor crew, all my love to all the other acts, dancers and musicians - continue to smash it!!

"I love you all to pieces."

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Tighto had to pull out of the X Factor in 2017, for similar personal reasons.

He ended up going to rehab, before being personally mentored by Louis Tomlinson and returning to the show in 2018.

X Factor have been approached for comment.

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