X Factor 2013: Controversial James Arthur cancels forthcoming commitments due to “extreme exhaustion!”

by Lynn Rowlands

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.


  1. Avril on November 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Lynn, I have read some of your articles before and always thought they were insightful. I may be biased but I think this article just repeats by rote what other (lazy) journalists have opined. Have you looked into the reasons that sparked these Twitter tussles or are you simply not interested? Why does Spraggan not post the whole text conversation? Other parts of the messages have been posted (since deleted). They show her to have cherry picked phrases to frame James in the worst light. So why do you persist in blindly reporting one sided journalism? Take the accusations of homophobia. How about reporting from both perspectives as anyone that scratches the surface of James Arthur knows he is most emphatically not homophobic. Instead of parroting this one sided diatribe, why don’t you employ your obvious journalistic skills and write a real piece of insightful journalism on the subject of the hysterical media response to words uttered within the context of a rap battle and subsequently taken out of context. Go on, I dare you!

  2. shona smith on November 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    well said

  3. balanced news matters on November 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Avril makes a well argued point. James can be reassured that the majority of us, especially those of us who are qualified in the psychology of journalism/media are fully aware that certain sections of the press are only interested in sensationalising stories, that are loaded with negative connotations, that suit their own needs. Their unbalanced capitalistic/headline grabbing agenda transcends any moral responsibility they possess, for the whole truth. Ultimately, the integrity of their ‘victim’ or any damage they potentially cause is, unfortunately, at the bottom of their agenda. SHAME ON YOU!

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