Wyatt Pike Finally Addresses His Surprising Exit From American Idol

American Idol contestant Wyatt Pike is finally breaking his silence and speaking out about his abrupt departure from the show on April 12, 2021.

During his time on the show, Pike won over the judges and fans alike with his raw talent and style.

After what ended up being his last performance with the show, judge Katy Perry praised him for his authenticity, per People. "I think you do have a little bit of an angle in this competition that you're an authentic singer-songwriter," she gushed. "I think whatever happens, you're it."

Meanwhile, judge Luke Bryan also sang PIke's praises, assuring him that he had what it takes to work in the music industry. "I'm telling you, Wyatt, you are going to be able to do music for the rest of your life," Bryan said.

Judge Lionel Richie also offered up words of praise for Pike. "You have a style on stage that we like to watch," Richie told the American Idol hopeful. "You're on your way to something big, my friend."

So why did Pike leave the show? Keep reading to see what he had to say.

Wyatt Pike confirmed he left for personal reasons

Wyatt Pike took to Instagram on Wednesday, April 14, 2021, to explain himself, citing "personal reasons" for his untimely exit. "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," he penned in the now viral post. "Fellow contestants – miss you all, good luck! Thank you to everyone for your support... do stick around for more musical things soon!" he continued.

PIke's revelation mirrors that of host Ryan Seacrest's, who broke the news to fans on Monday night's episode, per People. "Before we get to the results, I have to tell you that finalist Wyatt Pike will not be competing in the competition. He had to drop out, but we wish him the very best," he surprisingly announced.

When pressed for further information, a representative for the show told The Washington Post, "Wyatt could not continue due to personal reasons, and we cannot comment further."

Eagle-eyed American Idol fans couldn't help but notice an Instagram photo Pike posted on April 7, 2021, that seemingly indicates that the former contestant is back in his hometown of Park City, Utah. So perhaps he had some family business to tend to — though we may never know for certain. We wish him the best regardless!