GOGGLEBOX'S Tom Malone Jnr insisted his model girlfriend isn't behind his shock exit.
The 26-year-old left the Channel 4 show - which films families from across the country as they watch and comment on current programmes - yesterday after six years on the sofa.
However, Tom has clarified that his girlfriend Bryony Briscoe had nothing to do with his decision to pursue other projects.
Writing on Twitter, the star said: "Just to clear a few things up: I didn’t “Quit” the show…I left on good terms.
"My girlfriend never even wanted to be on the show and had nothing I do with me leaving.
"I wasn’t scared to say something stupid. Anyone spouting these narratives are spreading fabrications."
Tom appeared on the famous coach alongside his dad Tom Snr, mum Julie, and brother Joe in the fourth series.
The star announced his departure on Instagram, writing: "So after 6 and a half years it’s finally time to put down the remote, and to say goodbye to Gogglebox.
"I’ve loved every minute and I’m eternally grateful to @channel4 and @studiolambert for allowing me to be a part of the show.
"But new opportunities are knocking on the door and it’s time to explore them.
"I look forward to enjoying the show as a viewer and not having to worry about having said something stupid.
"PS. Don’t worry my family @themalonesgb and @shaunmalone95 will still be on the show to keep you guys entertained every Friday.
"To the future."
Tom has now moved in with his girlfriend Bryony, tweeting in December: "This time next week I'm gonna be sitting down to watch a Christmas movie with my beautiful girlfriend in our new apartment. I can't wait."
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The TV star is a dance choreographer and has previously performed with Rita Ora, Fergie and Wiley.
His dance crew Ruff Diamond were runners-up on Sky One's Got to Dance in 2013, although he now dances with Soul Mavericks.