Essex: I'm leaving Albert Square
David Essex is leaving EastEnders - but bosses have left an open door for him to come back.
The Hold Me Close singer set fans' pulses racing when he arrived on Albert Square five months ago as Eddie Moon.
But after less than half a year on the BBC soap, the star is quitting to work on an album and go on tour with a new musical.
He told This Morning: "Being on EastEnders has been wonderful, challenging and intimidating and it does take over your life.
"But I've been blessed to work with wonderful actors. I've really enjoyed it and I'm pleased it went so well."
A spokeswoman for EastEnders said: "As has always been planned, David was only going to be in EastEnders for a specific amount of time, but the door has been left open."
The 64-year-old is set to make a dramatic exit in October.
"Eddie's storylines from now until October are incredible, so powerful," David revealed.
The star is set to work on a new album to be released before Christmas. He will also tour in the musical All The Fun Of The Fair, which features some of his best-loved songs.