Union J’s Josh Cuthbert thought reunion would ‘make his mental health worse’

Union J recently delighted fans by announcing the original four members are getting back together after a six-year hiatus.

But Josh Cuthbert says their comeback wasn’t a simple decision, admitting he thought it could affect his mental health.

“If you had told me two years ago there would be a Union J reunion and I’d be part of it, I would have thought that would make my mental health worse,” the 29 year old said.

He continued: “It wasn’t simple, we’d be lying if we said that was the case.

“We’ve had to do a lot of healing over the past five or six years. It’s taken a long time for all of us to have confidence and belief in ourselves and our mental health to give this another go.”

Josh will be reuniting with members Jaymi Hensley, 32, JJ Hamblett, 33, and George Shelley, 28, after the boys first got together on The X Factor.

They will be going back on stage for their one-off gig at The London Palladium in May.

Josh revealed he was leaving the band back in 2018, two years after George quit.

George was replaced by Casey Johnson, 26, but he left the following year and the group fully disbanded in 2019.

In a statement at the time, Josh said: “My journey with Union J has been one to remember, and something I will cherish forever.

“But after seven years, I feel like now is the right time for me to leave the band.

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“I’d like to apologise to my incredible fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I had to do what feels right for me and follow my heart.

“I have decided to leave, because I want to continue to develop my individual opportunities across entertainment and music.

"I have so many beautiful memories with them and have friends for life in the boys and wish JJ and Jaymi the best for the future.

"Thank you for your continued support, it’s down to you all that I am where I am today and you all mean the world to me.”

Speaking about his decision to quit the band, Josh told The Sun: “The music industry is really difficult. It plays with your emotions, it’s ups and downs and you go through different managers.

“Over the last few years we’ve had different managers and we’ve been promised the world and been let down."

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