Union J’s George Shelley returns to social media after 18-months of silence
George Shelley has taken to social media for the first time in over a year, after the tragic death of his sister Harriett who passed away in 2017.
The singer who found fame as a member of Union J told his online followers that his disappearance was a "much-needed break" and has been through a period of "self-care".
George, 27, decided to take time away from social media after Harriet was left injured after colliding with a car outside of a gig in Brighton, back in 2017.
The student midwife had been crossing the road and stepped out between a HGV and a coach that was carrying equipment for rap artist Stormzy, who was playing at the venue.
She had been established in Bristol's Southmead Hospital following the accident but a week later, her condition had deteriorated and she sadly passed away.
George, who left social media in 2019 has now shared a new photograph with his dedicated fans, ensuring them that he was "doing good".
Sharing a snap of himself, the Poltergeist singer said: "Been a while, the break was much needed. How are you?
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"18 months ago when I chose to step offline, consumed in control, I had to detoxify and get back to the happiness of being.
"he road I took this last decade was far from home and I got lost in escapism, judgement, social pressures & approval-seeking; anything that gave me some sort of comfort after a very confusing and unpredictable journey."
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The heartthrob went on to add: "I let dominating fear hold me back.
"Sometimes you gotta do what’s right by yourself to heal, realign and do yourself justice.
"Self-care is fundamentally important and not selfish at all. Especially when you're caught up in the past, so used to criticism & shame and see no light in your future."
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The former I'm A Celebrity… contestant went on to say: "So after years of searching for belonging in the wrong places, sitting in silence when all I've wanted to do is a roar, and living in a cage being taunted by the keys of freedom – the now comfortable silence comes to a close.
"I'm happy to say, amongst all this disarrangement, our future is as bright we wish to make it. We can create happiness.
"So to answer questions like 'Are you ok? Where have you been? What's next? What have you been doing?' I'd say, on this ever-changing, unsettling & overwhelming planet over the last year, I'm good. I have enjoyed doing things I love the most; designing, writing, learning, exploring & expanding."
Fans instantly flocked to the comment section of the post which at the time of publishing has been liked 24,500 times, with one fan penning: "Missed you!!"
A second went on to say: "Oh hey stranger! Lovely to have you back."
"Welcome back! So glad you took the time to focus on yourself to heal and recharge. You were missed," gushed another.
Following the death of Harriet, George said 2017 had been the "s****est" year of his life," but went on to say that the outpouring of love and support had been helping him.
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