Ricky Wilson has split up from his girlfriend of five years, Lesley Williams. The 37-year-old Kaiser Chiefs frontman confirmed their separation in an interview with a British tabloid, published on Saturday (14th March). The former couple have decided to go their separate ways after they struggled to adjust to Wilson's new found levels of fame, as a result of his judging position on The Voice.

Ricky Wilson
Ricky Wilson has confirmed his split from Lesley Williams.

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Wilson has been a judge on the BBC talent show since September 2013, a role which had thrust him into the limelight. However, Wilson's new found fame may have cost him his relationship. Wilson was interviewed by The Sun (via Hello Magazine) and confirmed his split from Williams. 

"I took the risk of putting myself out there and I knew it was going to change me," Wilson said. "I feel quite uncomfortable that I dragged someone else in who didn't want that. It's a huge part of my life and I find it tricky that I can't have it both ways."

A source close to Wilson also explained how he wants to protect Williams but knows this may not be possible. "Ricky always wanted to keep Lesley out of the limelight. He hates the idea that people will be talking about their break-up," the source said.

Although Wilson was remarkably open about his relationship, he's had to keep schtum elsewhere. Wilson told Magic Radio (via NME) that producers on The Voice have asked him to say as little as possible during live filming of the show because of his bad language. 

"The producers don't like me talking me that much during the live shows. They're worried I might swear," Wilson said. "If I'm talking to the contestants and telling them what I feel, I have to stop myself from saying 'That was effing awesome.' Emotions run high, and I'm in that state where I'll say anything in my head."

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