Emmerdale’ star Adam Thomas has responded to rumours that he’s set to leave the soap opera after eight years, telling fans “don’t believe everything you read”.

The 28 year old British actor took to Twitter early on Thursday morning (March 30th) to give fans some encouragement that he wouldn’t be leaving the ITV soap and taking his tongue-in-cheek humour with him.

The same morning, The Sun had reported that Thomas, who found success in ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ at the end of 2016, was set to depart his role as Adam Barton in ‘Emmerdale’ in order to pursue opportunities in television presenting, and that his character will be written out of the show by the end of 2017.

Adam ThomasAdam Thomas pictured at the 2013 British Soap Awards

His rumoured exit comes after he finished second to 'Gogglebox' star Scarlett Moffat in the Jungle last December, and follows high-profile departures in the shape of Gemma Atkinson, Bill Ward and Kelvin Fletcher from ‘Emmerdale'.

“Adam’s had a great time but he’s spent eight years in the Dales and thinks the time is right,” a source told The Sun. “It’s a headache for bosses as he’s a recognisable face, especially after ‘I’m A Celebrity’.”

A spokesperson for ‘Emmerdale’ neither confirmed nor denied the reports. “We never comment on speculation or future storylines,” they told Metro.

Thomas has been a cast member of ‘Emmerdale’ since 2009, and his character has been the centre of a number of dramatic storylines recently – including mistakenly believing he had fathered a child as a result of a manipulated paternity test, and his half-sister Holly and father James being killed off. He joined the soap having starred in the BBC’s ‘Waterloo Road’ for three years from 2006.

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