"I had to leave the @AmericanIdol competition for personal reasons," he said.
Two days after shocking viewers at home by taking leave from American Idol after making it into the top 12, 20-year-old Wyatt Pike explained his actions. "I had to leave the @AmericanIdol competition for personal reasons but am so thankful I get to play music for the rest of my life," wrote Pike in an Instagram post.
"Fellow contestants - miss you all, good luck! Thank you to everyone for your support… do stick around for more musical things soon!" The post was accompanied by a smiling pic of the singer as well as a series of supportive comments from fellow top 24 contestants Alanis Sophia, Madison Watkins, Grace Kinstler, Cassandra Coleman, Chayce Beckham and Ava August.