Former X Factor winner James Arthur has been hitting the headlines a lot of late, and for all the wrong reasons, given that he’s been accused of making homophobic remarks, has publicly fallen out with fellow former finalist Lucy Spraggan and has had row after row with assorted other celebs on Twitter.
And last week, after he had an online spat with rapper Micky Worthless, we advised that the best thing James could do would be to get off Twitter immediately if not sooner and leave tweeting to his less emotional advisers…
And sure enough, he did just that, but not before he got into a war of words with Beer Fear star Lucy, and after he tweeted to her, “Two faced fickle attention seeker. Disappear.”
Lucy’s response was, “I think you’ll do that far before I do.”
Evidently her words were somewhat prophetic as it’s been reported today that James won’t be seen in public for at least a week as he’s cancelled all of his forthcoming commitments having been diagnosed with “exhaustion.”
James has of course made no secret of the fact that he’s battled mental illness in the past, and earlier this year, he confessed that he’d contemplated suicide after his time on X Factor was over.
But of the latest hoohar, the Mirror reports that his rep issued a statement yesterday which read, “Unfortunately James Arthur has been diagnosed with acute exhaustion and instructed to rest for several days by his doctor.
“Regretfully, he has been forced to cancel all engagements during this period.
“James would like to apologise to his fans for any disappointment caused to them by these cancellations and he hopes to get back to full health as soon as possible.”
And as we reported yesterday, iTunes are issuing refunds on James’ album to fans who were angered over his allegedly homophobic comments to Worthless.
It was that issue that prompted his row with Lucy, in which he wrote, “Lucy what are you playing at having digs at me.
“Is it coz you’re a gay rights activist you had to say something as extreme as ‘people kill themselves every day over words like queer’ are you for real?
“You not think you’re being a bit over the top? Do you want attention or something? Sorry I didn’t tweet your album link I’ve been busy but you didn’t need to be so two faced…
“My album sold 10 times youres (sic) in its first week so you can f**k off with your career sh**e. Stop reading the press ‘mate’. Real people don’t care.”
Angry Lucy replied, “Real people are people you a**ehole. 10 times in the first week hahahahahahahahaha. Good, I’m glad. Enjoy.”
No doubt this drama is set to run for a while yet, but here’s a reminder of James’ time on X Factor…