Anthony Riley finally reveal the reason why he quit The Voice Season 8!
The 28-year-old singer and street performer from Philadelphia breaks his silence to clear up the speculations surrounding his departure from the hit realty show The Voice.
The singer is reported to have struggled with drug addiction for two years, but since leaving The Voice he has completed a rehabilitation program at a local center.
“For me it’s tough, because everyone’s just finding out and I’ve been moving forward, past my departure,” Riley told Philly.com.
Riley also went to The Voice producers in January, after winning in the Battle Rounds, to discuss his ongoing addiction problems. The management immediately sent him back to his home, and he entered Clarity Way, a rehab facility in Hanover, Pennsylvania.
“The Voice has been a really great source of support. At the time, [The Voice] wasn’t working for me and I felt like I needed to go, instead of taking on more responsibility than I could handle,” said Riley.
“They make sure we understood we were getting ourselves into. It’s stressful, there are a lot of days that can turn into lonely days,” he adds.
Riley told NBC that he’d like to be a part of Season 9, but for now, he said, “The Voice is over for me.” Riley said he’s rebuilding his career while continuing outpatient treatment and therapy.
Anthony Riley on Monday was announced no longer part of The Voice Season 8. His coach, Pharrell Williams, said that Riley will not coming back on the competition for “personal reasons.”