Viewers of Channel 4’s new dystopian reality show ‘The Circle’ were left in shock on Friday night as one of the original players left the show due to sickness.
Genelle, 31, who took her baby daughter into the show with her, decided that her time on The Circle is over.
Fellow players were left shocked as Genelle appeared on the newsfeed to announce her departure – while also revealing her secret, that she’s a mother.
Depature: Genelle, 31, who took her baby daughter into the show with her, decided that her time on The Circle is over
Explaining her decision, Genelle said: ‘Hi guys, I’m really sorry but I have decided to leave The Circle. I have been suffering with severe migraines and the stress of it all has just become too much…
‘Before I go, I just wanted to let you know that I have been holding back a secret, I am a mother to a beautiful baby girl.
‘So, this is Santanna she has been living with me the whole time in my apartment. The reason why I decided to hold back on telling you guys about Santanna was people do tend to put labels on mothers and I just wanted to step away from that’
‘So I’d just like to say a big thank you to Dan, he has known about this the whole time and kept my secret, so thanks for being a good friend. So, goodbye guys.’
Explaining her decision, Genelle said: ‘Hi guys, I’m really sorry but I have decided to leave The Circle. I have been suffering with severe migraines and the stress of it all has just become too much,’ she explained.
The fan favourite’s departure lead to an outpour of love and support on social media.
‘Aww so sorry to see them leave’ one wrote.
Another said: ‘Oh no! Gutted! I LOVED watching her and Santana waking up in the morning for their kisses and cuddles it was so beautiful to watch! Good luck Genelle I’ll miss your cute af baby too’
A third added: ‘Defo my fave! Sad she has left but how wonderful that she got to share her secret with them all!! That shut Freddie up for a nano second! #mumsrock’
Friends for life: Social media users applauded the sweet friendship between Dan and Genelle
Others applauded the sweet friendship between Dan and Genelle.
Channel 4’s The Circle has proven an immediate hit with viewers, and many have called it a ‘real-life Black Mirror.’
Among their glowing reviews for the show’s new concept, others were quick to slam the first eight contestants for lack of honesty put across in their profiles, as they desperately try to win the highest rating in pursuit of a £50,000 prize.
THE CIRCLE: WHO ARE THE CONTESTANTS?
Occupation: Call centre worker by day, shot girl by night
Motivation for entering The Circle: She’s lived her life through social media; perfecting her look and her personality on Instagram and feels The Circle is the perfect popularity contest for her.
Motivation for entering The Circle: Alex lives and breathes social media. He’s already made a huge success for himself online and wants to see if he can do it again starting a social media profile from scratch.
Occupation: Stay-at-home mother
Motivation for entering The Circle: Genelle thinks her life has changed since having a baby and believes that The Circle will allow her to paint a more interesting version of her life, that isn’t all about nappies and naptimes.
Occupation: The MD of Google Analytics company
Motivation for entering The Circle: Jennifer hates social media for the unrealistic ideals it imposes on people and the attention seeking it encourages, especially for young girls.
Occupation: Bar supervisor
Motivation for entering The Circle: Mitchell wants to enter The Circle for the money as he wants to spoil his mum and take the boys to Vegas. If he makes new friends and finds a future wife along the way it’d be a bonus.
Occupation: Fashion student
Motivation for entering The Circle: She wants to test whether she can be popular based on just her personality alone. Because she won’t meet other players face to face, The Circle will give her the chance to do just that.
Occupation: Former estate agent
Motivation for entering The Circle: Dan wants to win the £50,000 and have an experience he would never be able to be a part of in any other walk of life.
Occupation: Call centre worker
Motivation for entering The Circle: He feels people make assumptions about him based on his sexuality, so he’s planning to see if he can win as an altered version.